CAMPAIGNERS hoping to save a much-loved swimming pool in Reading are moving on in their bid to reopen the site.
Before Christmas, Reading Borough Council closed Arthur Hill Swimming Pool in Cemetery Junction, citing the cost of running and maintaining the 105-year-old building.
Instead, it has pledged to build a new pool at Palmer Park, but while residents wait for the work to begin they are being encouraged to swim at Rivermead.
Both Reading’s Central Swimming Pool and Woodley’s Bulmershe Leisure Centre are also due to close and be rebuilt, leaving Reading with a temporary pool being built at Rivermead.
The Arthur Hill Save Our Swimming (SOS) campaign has raised £10,727 in its crowdfunding appeal, with the aim of keeping the pool open until it is replaced by the new pool at Palmer Park.
Last week, the campaign organisers met to review its recent work and plan ahead for this year.
The group said that thanks to a generous public response, to its crowdfunding campaign it now has a fighting fund to cover some of the essential repair costs needed to keep the pool open.
It will now hold a new community meeting to allow the business plan to be endorsed. The date for this has yet to be set.
Speaking for the campaign founders, Peter Burt said “This company gives us the status of a legal platform for future initiatives to restore the ‘Arthur Hill’ facility to the people of Reading, to whom it was given by the Hill family back in 1911 for their benefit and enjoyment.”
The Community Interest Company will be operative in the New Year as the launch pad for further campaign action.