7th March 2022
Helen Morgan, Liberal Democrat MP for North Shropshire, has claimed that Whitchurch residents have been left “high and dry” by the permanent closure of their swimming pool. Helen has also called for free transport to an alternative facility to be made available.
Helen’s comments follow on from the launch of a feasibility study for a replacement leisure centre on the site.
Shropshire council have urged Whitchurch residents to use a swimming pool 14 miles away in Market Drayton. The lack of direct transport between Market Drayton and Whitchurch has led Helen to also call for free transport to other swimming facilities to be made available.
The decision to close the local swimming pool is yet another in a long line of vital facilities, such as the driving test centre, being closed.
Commenting Helen Said: “My inbox is full of emails from families who can’t easily get to Market Drayton, or can’t get a space in swimming schools there.
That’s why I’ve written to the leader of Shropshire Council to ask for additional lesson spaces at alternative pools and a free shuttle bus to them. I’d like to see the operational savings from the pool closure spent directly on providing an alternative for Whitchurch.
Whitchurch residents are tired of seeing their precious facilities close one-by-one. A new leisure centre is extremely welcome, but the people here can’t wait for years with no access to a realistic alternative.
We cannot let Whitchurch residents be left high and dry by these sorts of closures.”