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Proposed Closure of Cresta Pool Chard – Local Democracy in Action

Three options were presented to a packed public meeting held at St Mary’s Church on 9 August 2018 to discuss Somerset County Council's proposal to close Cresta Swimming Pool in Chard, 

  1. Do nothing
  2. The pool is mothballed pending a new solution.
  3. Find enough money and volunteers to keep it open which "although it is challenging, it is possible".

There was unanimous support for option 3 and the meeting closed with people going to sign up for the areas in which they can volunteer – training, reception, cleaning, maintenance, legal expertise, business help, swim clubs, fundraising ideas etc.

Somerset ASA County Secretary Fiona Bowen attended the meeting in support of our clubs and members.

We wish to thank
  • Councillor Amanda Broome for organising the meeting,
  • Somerset Live Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Mumby for covering the meeting extensively in this live thread on his twitter feed,
  • BBC Somerset's programme editor and presenters Claire Carter and James Craig for their coverage of the meeing on the 10 Aug show.


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