Wakefield Council must ensure school children don't miss out on vital pool time

Lib Dem Councillors are now calling on Wakefield Council to provide alternative pool time to school kids who are now seeing their school sessions cancelled due to horse racing at neighbouring Pontefract Race Course.

Last month it was revealed that there are over 2300 children on waiting lists for swimming lessons across Wakefield Council pools - meaning school lessons are the only many are able to received.

Residents from a local school contacted Councillors after they were notified earlier this week that swimming lessons for 16th & 23rd November were axed due to clashes with race day.

Councillor Gordon said: "Not only can residents not get their children into swimming lessons due to massive backlogs, but now some even face their kids missing out on school lessons due to the shortsighted approach in shutting down local pools and consolidating the service next the race course. Swimming is an important life skill and one our children should have access to but are being denied.

"I spoke with one headteacher who said the school were not told that they would see multiple swimming sessions lost due to clashes with horse racing. Labour-run Wakefield Council must make additional pool time available so that no school kids miss out, and I have written to the relevant Cabinet Member calling for this.

The new Aspire @ the Park facility in Pontefract was plagued with delays after the building site was flooded, and ended up costing more than the original £20million planned.

Cllr Tom Gordon added: "We've already seen residents turned away and inflatable sessions cancelled due to capacity issues at Pontefract Park pool. This is just the latest failing on the Labour Council administration's part."

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