Labour’s Town and District Councillor for Broadwaters, Sarah Rook, has launched a campaign to save the Paddling Pool at St. George’s Park from closure.
Because Conservative Town councillors moved a motion to close the popular facility at the full council meeting held on Wednesday 29th January.
Councillor Rook, along with two other local councillors, managed to get a small reprieve until April’s full town council meeting, where it will be brought forward again, if an alternative cannot be found for the running of the pool.
Councillor Rook said “I’m so upset by this decision, its cruel and heartless. The community it serves doesn’t have a great deal, but everything they have, they fight and work for. This is a real kick in the teeth for all of those hard working groups that give so much of their time to help maintain the area. This pool is very well used and loved by the children and I feel desperately sorry for them”.
The responsibility for the pool was transferred from Wyre Forest District Council to Kidderminster Town Council but underpinned by a commitment from the Town Council to maintain and fund parks.
Councillor Rook continued “We have sunk to an all-time low when we start to deprive children in hard pressed areas of valued community assets like this. I am launching a petition to let the council know how angry we are and to call for them to reconsider this awful act”.
Stephen Brown, Wyre Forest Labour, said “In the first 12 hours of the campaign nearly 400 people have signed the petition and 2,000 people viewed our Facebook post with numerous supportive comments. It shows that a lot of people are against this short sighted idea to close it, and we are behind Sarah all the way to get this daft idea quashed. The Tories only seem to know how to shut stuff. Where is their civic pride and ambition for our community?”
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