A public meeting is aiming to springboard a renewed campaign to build a swimming pool in Fakenham when it is held later this month.
The event has been planned amid fresh talks in the town to push for a new public pool once again – prompted by news that Fakenham Academy’s pool will close in July and the uncertain future facing swimming facilities at Fakenham Junior School.
Sports club members and anyone else interested in bringing a new pool to the town are now being invited to attend the meeting, being held at Fakenham Community Centre on Tuesday, February 25, from 7pm.
The pool campaign originally started in 2005 when the Fakenham Area Partnership (FAP) began trying to secure funds for the project.
The organisation contacted Sport England but learned that, because Fakenham already had school pools used by the public, funding for a new pool was unlikely to be available.
Now, with the Academy’s pool closing because of financial reasons and the Junior School’s pool closing recently over health and safety concerns, a renewed effort to build a case for funding is underway.
FAP co-ordinator Janet Holdom said: “The campaign has swung into revived mode because of the Academy’s announcement and the closure of the Junior School pool. It is not yet clear whether it is a temporary closure or more significant, but it has revived interest in the project.”
Such is the buzz in the town, that a FAP questionnaire about swimming facilities, which collected 1,100 responses between 2005 and 2011, has had a further 450 responses in the last two weeks alone. To complete the questionnaire, visit: www.fakenhamareapartnership.co.uk
Ms Holdom said: “The public meeting is open to everyone. We want to establish the current support for a new pool and recruit people who are able to give their commitment to the cause to a new steering group to drive the project forward to the next stage.”