Swimmers don’t want the towel thrown in

I HOPE that Cork Corporation will reconsider the drastic decision to close down and sell off the last two municipal swimming pools in the city, at Churchfield and Douglas.

Is the city manager saying he is unable to manage the running of two perfectly adequate public swimming pools when a small city like Belfast can manage 12 municipal pools? The alternative of a private commercial concern is simply throwing in the towel.

Both pools need a facelift, but it’s untrue to claim that they were not kept clean.

I found the staff at both pools helpful and hardworking. It is also untrue to say that the pools were not being used by the public.

On my twice weekly visits I can count 25 adults and 20 children between 5 and 6pm. All the clubs using the pools are well supported and schools depend on the them for weekly tuition.

Handing such a public service over to private enterprise is not worthy of a city which hopes to claim the title of European City of Culture in 2005.

Jim Blake,

9, Grosvenor Mews,

Douglas West,

Cork.

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