Decision made to close 50-year-old Asfordby School swimming pool

Nathan Odom, Estates and Admissions Manager for Discovery Schools, and Sarah Sadler, Chief Executive of Asfordby Captain Close School, pictured near the school’s swimming pool EMN-220102-105249001

We reported in October that parents and stakeholders were being consulted on the future of the baths at Asfordby Captain’s Close School, as significant investment was needed to bring them up to modern standards.

Most of those who responded were against its permanent closure, but as no viable alternative plan was offered, Discovery Schools – the trust which runs the school – decided that it would no longer be used.

The swimming pool is considered too small, it has no toilets, no disabled access and the aluminum roof frame is not insulated which makes the facility very cold during the winter months.

The 50 year old swimming pool at Asfordby Captain’s Close School which is undergoing further consultation to decide its future EMN-220102-105259001

The trust estimates it would take hundreds of thousands of pounds to rectify the problems and applications for funding have already been rejected.

Revealing the results of the consultation exercise, which took place between October 21 and December 3, Nathan Odom, the Trust’s Estates and Admissions Manager, told the Melton Times: “As you would expect , the responses were not positive in terms of the pool being closed and the ideas put forward by people, which we welcomed, were based on community fundraising and seeking lottery funding which we have already fully explored before consultation.

“As a result, the decision has been made by the administrators to close the pool indefinitely.

“It’s a huge shame, but it has served the community well for 50 years.”

The 50 year old swimming pool at Asfordby Captain’s Close School which is undergoing further consultation to decide its future EMN-220102-105309001

The trust was disappointed with the low number of responses to the consultation – only 15 representations were received, including 13 from community residents, one from a sports group and one from a local authority.

Parents and stakeholders will receive letters from the trust today confirming the decision to close the pool.

Plans will now be drawn up to decide on the use of the site, with the pool building due to be demolished at some point, and the trust is committed to consulting the community again before anything is decided.

Mr. Odom explained: “As for the future of this space, no decision has been made.

The 50 year old swimming pool at Asfordby Captain’s Close School which is undergoing further consultation to decide its future EMN-220102-105319001

“We would look to develop something for the benefit of children and add something that would have longevity and be for the good of the education of children living in Asfordby and the area.”

The pool was emptied during lockdown as it could not be used due to coronavirus restrictions and the cost of keeping the water heated was prohibitive.

Pupils now use the baths at Waterfield Leisure Center in Melton and will continue to do so in the future.

Mr Odom added: “I can understand the disappointment with the facility closing, but we have some very good alternative options to ensure the children learn to swim and meet the program requirements before they leave us. in sixth grade.”

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