Grand revamp of Ilkley swimming pool under threat

This is how Ilkley Pool could look under plans drawn up by the Ilkley Pool Group. Please credit Roost Architects (9719316)

This is how Ilkley Pool could look under plans drawn up by the Ilkley Pool Group. Please credit Roost Architects (9719316)

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ILKLEY'S swimming pool and lido complex appears safe from Bradford Council cuts - but a leisure services strategy may rule out funding for an ambitious redevelopment scheme.

Bradford Council last week started public consultation on plans to shut four sports centres in the district and build four new pools at other locations.

The strategy under consideration would mean Ilkley Pool and Lido, Denton Road, will stay open.

But indications money from the sale of the land currently occupied by four pools would fund the building of the new facilities elsewhere in the Bradford District may mean Ilkley loses out.

Under the plans, Bradford Council says outdated and inefficient centres at Bowling Pool, Richard Dunn Sports Centre, Queensbury Pool and Bingley Pool would close, and the sale of these sites will help to pay for the new facilities.

Ilkley ward councillor, Anne Hawkesworth (Ind, Ilkley) says indications were previously given that money from the sale of the Richard Dunn centre site could be ploughed into the £10m bid for a new Ilkley Pool.

She fears those pushing for a redeveloped pool complex in Ilkley may have been 'misled'.

Councillor Hawkesworth said: "There has been quite a lot of encouragement that we were going to be able to have a new swimming pool, but it's not in the scheme of things.

"It seems to rule out any possibility of council funding."

Coun Andrew Thornton, the Council's Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: "We are very keen to see new, modern facilities built for Bradford people that they will enjoy and are easily accessible.

"There is no getting away from the fact that several of our pools are outdated and costly to maintain. They cannot meet our future needs and are unsustainable.

"Sport England strongly support our proposed strategy of replacing them with new facilities and then disposing of these older pools.

"Having modern, accessible facilities should encourage more people to become active."

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1:08pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Bower66 says...

I would think money from the Richard Dunn sale would be far better spent on Bradford facilities not on a grandeouse scheme for the privileged ilkley folk. The proposal looks like a complete waste of money.
I would think money from the Richard Dunn sale would be far better spent on Bradford facilities not on a grandeouse scheme for the privileged ilkley folk. The proposal looks like a complete waste of money. Bower66
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6:59pm Thu 28 Aug 14

watcher22 says...

I have been swimming there since 1980 and the most important things for me and my wife, children and grandchildren who have been swimming there happily are the two stretches of water we actually pay to use. The changing facilities and surrounds are important but don't need to be an expensive dream.
A simple building will do with all the basic facilities.
The monstrosity in the picture hardly fits in with the surroundings and looks to be more of an advert for an artistic architect than a sympathetic building.
Cut the decor and concentrate on the water and get the funding.

And to Bower66, who commented earlier, I am not one of what you call Ilkley's priviledged. I live in an area called Ilkley which is without the numerous community centres, sports fields, restaurants, transport hubs, cinemas, theatres, museums, modern library, ice rink, etc., that Bradford folk live amongst, along with their £25m water feature.
I have been swimming there since 1980 and the most important things for me and my wife, children and grandchildren who have been swimming there happily are the two stretches of water we actually pay to use. The changing facilities and surrounds are important but don't need to be an expensive dream. A simple building will do with all the basic facilities. The monstrosity in the picture hardly fits in with the surroundings and looks to be more of an advert for an artistic architect than a sympathetic building. Cut the decor and concentrate on the water and get the funding. And to Bower66, who commented earlier, I am not one of what you call Ilkley's priviledged. I live in an area called Ilkley which is without the numerous community centres, sports fields, restaurants, transport hubs, cinemas, theatres, museums, modern library, ice rink, etc., that Bradford folk live amongst, along with their £25m water feature. watcher22
  • Score: 3

8:15pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Soapboxcity says...

Bower66 wrote:
I would think money from the Richard Dunn sale would be far better spent on Bradford facilities not on a grandeouse scheme for the privileged ilkley folk. The proposal looks like a complete waste of money.
Hmmm.....last I went to the lido it was full of people from Bradford!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Bower66[/bold] wrote: I would think money from the Richard Dunn sale would be far better spent on Bradford facilities not on a grandeouse scheme for the privileged ilkley folk. The proposal looks like a complete waste of money.[/p][/quote]Hmmm.....last I went to the lido it was full of people from Bradford!!!! Soapboxcity
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