BAD NEWS! It’s only going to be 12-metres long.
GOOD NEWS! Never mind, there are loads of people in Wanstead on a waiting list to learn to swim.
BAD NEWS! The pool is temporary – 12 weeks only.
GOOD NEWS! The council is hoping it can wangle it for longer.
BAD NEWS! It’s still going to cost council tax payers Â£30k, even though it’s being subsidised by the GLA.
This development does seem somewhat unusual, to say the least. In addition to the Wanstead Pool, there will be another pool – 25m-long plus library and gym – built in the south of the borough (Ilford?).
The leader of Redbridge Council, Keith Prince, said: “â€œThis is fantastic news for the Borough… We have over 1000 people on our lists waiting to learn to swim and this pool in Wanstead is a facility that will help those residents learn an essential life skill. We are negotiating with the provider of the 12-metre pool to try and extend the time it will be in the Borough so that more people can benefit.”
— Anya Lipska (@AnyaLipska) November 21, 2013
— Tom King (@zgap118) November 21, 2013