Plea to help save at-risk Wendover swimming pool

The John Colet School in Wendover
The John Colet School in Wendover

People are being urged to come forward to help save a popular swimming pool.

The Wendover Swimming Association is hoping to re-open the pool at the John Colet School, with the venue’s long-term future in doubt.

The pool, which is currently shut because of a broken boiler, has been threatened with permanent closure because a £17,000 county council grant for running it is being withdrawn.

A survey by the association revealed 84% of people would be upset to lose the pool.

This has prompted them to try to reopen it on a trial basis over the summer while looking at whether the association could take over the pool permanently to save it for community use.

The association has discussed the pool’s future with David Lidington MP and the parish council and are to submit a written proposal to the school to ask if it would be possible to reopen it during the summer.

People have already volunteered to work to re-open the pool and others have offered themselves as lifeguards and pool managers.

The association said: “This is very encouraging but WSA desperately needs more people, particularly with pool management, accountancy and legal expertise, even if only for a few hours to advise us or comment on our work. WSA also desperately needs more pool managers, lifeguards, first aiders and administrators to cover the swimming sessions over the summer.

“If WSA are unable to get the volunteers we will not be able to open for the trial period over the summer and that will make it very likely that the pool will be closed and lost.”

People are needed to cover daytime and weekend shifts.

Find out more at the association’s website.