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Fears for future of Fakenham Academy pool ahead of crunch meeting

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

The possible closure of Fakenham Academy’s swimming pool will be discussed at a town council meeting tonight.

Matthew Parr-Burman, head of Fakenham Academy, will address the council tonight and answer questions about the potential closure.

The swimming pool is not a public pool but is used by a swimming club, aqua fitness classes and a canoeing club.

Richard Crook, town councillor and founder of Active Fakenham, said he asked for the issue to be put on the agenda as he feels the pool is an important facility in the town and there should be a public discussion.

Asked what the implications would be if the pool were to close Mr Crook said: “It would be very serious because Fakenham hasn’t got a public swimming pool, unlike other towns of a comparable size. Fakenham is quite close to the sea with kids getting buses up to Wells. There are also implications for fitness and health. It’s about staying healthy, staying safe, and having something to do in a market town.”

Mr Crook said the school had been put in a difficult financial position and he sympathised with the head’s position.

Nikki Pearce runs two aqua fitness classes at the pool, each attended by 20 people. She said: “There are over 200 people using the pool each week. It would be a shame if it closed, it really would. Can we try it for six months to open it to the public? Let’s get a lifeguard course going. We can at least try it and try to generate some money.”

Mr Parr-Burman told the Lynn News yesterday that he would be issuing a statement following tomorrow’s meeting, as he wanted people who used the pool to be the first to hear of any news.

 

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