Kidsgrove residents will be interested to learn that it was Staffordshire County Council and not Newcastle Borough Council who have saved Kidsgrove Swimming Pool from closure.
Kidsgrove residents will have seen the campaigning from the Kidsgrove Labour Party and more specifically Margaret Astle and family member Kyle Robinson on the matter. Both were only been too happy to claim the glory for securing the funding to repair the roof which had fallen in at Kidsgrove Sports Centre Swimming Pool. This emotive issue was used at the time of the elections in Kidsgrove, however not much has been mentioned by any member of the Kidsgrove Labour Party on Newcastle Borough Council since winning power.
Now today on BBC Radio Stoke, in an interview by the Staffordshire County Councillor in charge of Leisure and Health admitted that without the £200,000 which has come for Staffordshire County Council, these repairs would not have been possible, leading to the swimming pool in Kidsgrove facing permanent closure. This is a result of the Labour controlled Newcastle Borough Council not having the funds to spend to repair the roof and Clough Hall School unsure on what will be happening in the future with the site.
This interview clearly proves the comments by Kidsgrove Staffordshire County Councillor Mary Maxfield were correct at the time, when she highlighted that it was Staffordshire County Council who secured the funding and not members of the Kidsgrove Labour Party.
It is expected that Kidsgrove swimming pool will open in late September, however the Newcastle Borough Council website is claiming this date to be more like winter 2012. No doubt, Kidsgrove residents will be pleased to read that Staffordshire County Council have saved swimming in Kidsgrove.