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No choice but to close pool, Fakenham school insists

Education news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk, @lynnnewscitizen on Twitter

Education news from the Lynn News, lynnnews.co.uk, @lynnnewscitizen on Twitter

Education leaders in Fakenham say they have no choice but to close the town secondary school’s swimming pool, as they make only a fraction of the cash needed to run it.

Unless a rescue package can be found, it is now known that the pool at the Fakenham Academy will shut for good on July 23 next year.

News of the move, which has been the subject of increasing speculation in recent days, was first confirmed to members of the town council during a meeting on Tuesday night.

In a statement issued afterwards, the school said it was no longer financially viable to continue to run the facility.

A spokesman said it currently costs £100,000 per year to run and maintain the pool, which only makes £12,000 in revenue.

He added: “We have explored different options for keeping the pool open, including talking to new potential groups of users and seeking another organisation to take on the management of the pool, but these avenues have unfortunately not yielded a solution that would enable us to keep the pool open.

“We are working with other local pools to see if they are able to support our existing users.”

He added: “We appreciate that this will be disappointing news for our students, local primary schools and a number of other private groups who currently use the pool.

“We will continue to keep the pool open for a further seven months to allow sufficient time for alternative arrangements to be made with other pools in the local area for these users.”

Although the pool is not open to the general public, it is the only facility of its kind in the town and is regularly used by fitness classes and sports clubs.

Class managers have estimated that more than 200 people use the pool every week.

The school insists that the pool will be decommissioned and made safe if it is closed and there are no firm plans for the building.

 

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