Wragby pool’s future is back under threat

A COMMUNITY-run village swimming pool is under threat again as thousands of pounds have been spent on repairs and maintenance.

Wragby and District Swimming Club was saved from closure last year as a result of local fundraising efforts.

But, at the pool committee’s AGM last Tuesday, it was reported that they were currently struggling to keep the pool afloat and were ‘living from hand to mouth’.

More than £3,000 has been spent this year alone on making the dilapidated pool area fit for purpose – with most of the money going on repairing and maintaining the filtration and air conditioning systems.

When West Lindsey District Council scrapped the Market Rasen Swimming Pool plans at the beginning of this year, Coun Burt Keimach said that while the authority could afford the building costs, they could not afford to run and maintain such a facility.

He also sited the Wragby pool as one of those nearby which Rasenites could use instead.

If Wragby Swimming Pool did close the next nearest facility would be in Louth.

Some works needed to be completed on the Wragby Swimming Pool are still outstanding and the bank balance is ailing under the pressure of the standard monthly running costs of £3,500.

Another blow to the pool was the harsh winter weather, which meant they had to close for four weeks as the water temperature was not sufficient.

Now, the committee is asking for the community’s help and support once again.

A summer fete is being planned for August and raffle tickets are now on sale.

Pool members are being urged to volunteer to man stalls, or to offer other fundraising ideas.

Chairman June Elborn said the situation was now at the stage where “if help is not forthcoming from members, then the pool will have to close and the receivers called in.”

Four people would lose their jobs if this happened.

In her report at the AGM, she said she and the treasurer had been working far more hours for the club than if they were employed.

She also thanked all of the staff for their hard work, particularly Martyn for his diligence in running the pool since his promotion to pool supervisor in August 2010. She also congratulated him on attaining his level 2 teaching certificate.

Treasurer Fred Wickert thanked June for her commitment to keeping the pool up and running.

He said: “If the situation continues at the pool in the same manner, then it will be bankrupt within a year.

“Had it not been for two members of the committee giving the club a loan of £3,500 (still not repaid) this would have already happened for sure.”

Discrepancies in the accounts were reported at the meeting, with money spent on general repairs, but not on major jobs, which had been neglected.