Holyhead Swimming Pool Closure
by A Very Concerned Resident
The closure threat to Holyhead Swimming Pool by Plaid Cymru-led Anglesey Council saw over 200 people attend a meeting at Holyhead Leisure Centre on Friday evening.
Local councillors and Albert Owen MP were at the meeting to hear views from concerned citizens about Council plans to close a hugely important facility.
As we all know, swimming does so much good in terms of helping people keep fit and helps significantly in reducing the risk of chronic health problems like obesity and heart disease.
The swimming pool and leisure centre also play an important role in the social life of both local families as well as the many visitors to the island, especially during the summer months.
It is for the council to show how exactly their plans to close the pool facility will not threaten the health of the broader public, given the many known advantages of swimming to stave off long term disease and illness.
Why is it that when the Government has shown a lead and rightly invested millions in healthy living policy that Plaid Cymru-led Anglesey Council is intent on doing the opposite and damaging the gains in public health?
The Holyhead councillors present told the audience that they had succeeded in getting the decision of the scrutiny committee to be sent back to the full council, which means 40 members have the chance to vote on the matter.
While it is likely that a majority of councillors will vote to overturn the original closure decision, what is really needed is an official statement by the Anglesey Council Executive of their policy for improving the quality of life on the island.
Specifically, we need to know how they intend to improve healthy living standards, and tackle the range of chronic diseases, by using the policy instruments and powers at their disposal.
And how would pool closure at Holyhead and Amlwch help school children with their swimming lessons? Is the council determined to increase the island's carbon footprint?
So, is this council working with or against public health policy of government in Cardiff and Westminster?
That is the key question for Plaid Cymru-led Anglesey County Council. And the people of this island deserve an answer and soon!
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