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Campaigners welcome news a pool for Purley is included in Croydon masterplan

Campaigners welcome news a pool for Purley is included in Croydon masterplan
Jul 23, 2016 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published on The Croydon Advertiser on 23/07/2016

Campaigners welcome news a pool for Purley is included in Croydon masterplan

Campaigners who fought to save Purley Pool have welcomed news that the council has plans to keep a swimming pool in the town centre.

The latest proposals for Croydon Council’s 20-year master-plan fort the borough outline space for “new leisure facilities, including a swimming pool” on the site of Purley Leisure Centre and car park in High Street.

Fred Wallis, who spearheaded the Save Purley Pool campaign, said the commitment is “very good news”.

In December 2014 the council announced the current pool would be closed, prompting the campaign which collected 7,000 signatures from people wanting to keep a pool in Purley town centre.

In January the council said the current pool could remain open, followed by the inclusion of a leisure centre in the first draft of the Local Plan. But now it has been confirmed this will include a pool.

“There are a tremendous amount of swimmers. There’s a very big community at the pool and people have really made it the heart of the community,” Fred said.

“We are thankful that Tony Newman [leader of Croydon Council] and his colleagues have come up trumps and will include a pool for Purley in their plans.”

The Croydon Local Plan, which was presented to council on Monday last week, proposes a mixed use redevelopment of Purley Leisure Centre, car park and former Sainsbury’s Supermarket in High Street, incorporating a public car park, new leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, and other community facilities, healthcare facility, creative and cultural industries enterprise centre, retail or residential accommodation.

A council spokesman said: “Although the local plan is still at a draft stage it certainly underlines the council’s intention to ensure Purley has a high-quality leisure centre offer in future years.

“Right now there are no more details with regards to this proposal in advance of any planning application being submitted. These details are likely to be worked out once the Croydon local plan is finally signed off and adopted.”

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