SO City of York Council’s ruling Lib Dems and Tories are set to agree a partial closure of Yearsley Pool to the public.
This follows a decision to cancel a public review of Yearsley in favour of a private, behind closed doors review where the public’s views could be disregarded by what we are told is a listening council. That was almost two years ago.
Labour policy in council control was to reduce the cost of running Yearsley Pool, but that’s where the similarities end.
Our intention was to keep it open to the public, not close it during evenings and reduce its opening hours to the public by almost a third as is about to happen.
This will cut the pool’s customer base and potentially signal the beginning of the end for the facility.
Loyal and long standing swimmers have not been asked for their views and will be rightly appalled by the deal struck by the council which means no swimming after 6pm, meaning the pool will be inaccessible to many in full-time work.
But most worryingly, the report shows after two years of talking, there remains no long-term funding commitment to Yearsley.
That’s quite some commitment from York’s Lib Dems.
Cllr Fiona Derbyshire (Labour), Leeman Road, York