THE next stage of a plan to save Runcorn Swimming Pool will start to take shape in the coming days, with anyone interested in helping to run it being invited to submit their ideas.
The World revealed recently how the council had planned to axe the baths on Bridge Street as part of wider cost-saving measures, but it received an 11th hour reprieve following pressure from the public, ward councillors and Halton MP Derek Twigg.
After the council’s ruling executive board voted to postpone the closure, it was announced that work would begin to find someone else to take charge of the pool, such as a community interest company or sports charity, with a six-month deadline being put in place to find an alternative provider.
Labour councillors representing the neighbouring Bridgewater and Mersey & Weston wards in Runcorn have now met with senior officers at Halton Council about the next stage of a strategy to save the pool.
Posting on Facebook, Bridgewater Cllr Carol Plumpton Walsh said the council would soon be posting further information on a local government procurement website inviting business plans.
She said: “The council will be posting in the next couple of weeks a notice on The Chest website where any interested parties can access relevant information, and will be able to submit business plans or ideas for the ongoing operation of the facility.
“Ward councillors, in the coming days, will be contacting those who have shown an interest in keeping the pool viable, in order to discuss the next steps.”
The Chest’s website can be found here.