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Timing of Hawthorn Swimming Pool closure "convenient."

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Hawthorn Pool, one of several leisure facilities which were part of RCT Council's phase 2 consultation proposals has been closed with immediate effect by the Council.
A statement on the Council website says that "As part of an initial condition survey, including a health and safety review, a number of significant structural issues were identified that could put at danger those who use and work at the pool."
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell says the timing is "convenient."
"The phase 2 proposals included a suggestion that Hawthorn swimming pool be turned over to the Hawthorn High School. As a Governor at that school I was keen to know exactly what they were offering as part of that package. I was aware of some maintenance being required and the School budget could not cover that without input from the Council.
"You would have thought that the Council would have assessed this prior to making the public suggestion that such a takeover could be the way forward. Had they done so then surely these concerns would have come to light earlier and could have informed the consultation process. The consultation on phase 2 ended on the 24th February, just three days before this major problem came to light. A cynic may find this timing rather convenient.
"Of course there are other questions to be asked here such as how long as this problem existed? What could have happened so suddenly to cause such alarm, and why wasn't it picked up and remedied earlier? The Council must have a maintenance schedule, and of course one would expect that inspections and assessments of the safety of all Council owned buildings are carried out as a matter of course.

RCT Council's phase 2 consultation proposals
http://pontylibdems.org.uk/en/article/2014/761028/have-your-say-on-phase...

A statement on the Council website
http://www.rctcbc.gov.uk/en/news/archive/2014/february/hawthornswimmingp...

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