Swimming pool cuts opposed

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A group claiming to represent about 20,000 Derry people attended the monthly meeting of the City Council amenities and leisure committee to voice their opposition to the Council’s proposed reduction in the opening hours of the William Street swimming pool.

Mr Seamus Heaney, organiser of the Creggan Community Association and the deputation spokesperson, told the Council committee that he was speaking on behalf of twelve different local groups who all wished to see the opening hours of the Council-owned William Street baths extended.

Mr Heaney said that the group feared that by reducing the opening hours at the pool the Council was slowly preparing the way for the complete closure of the William Street baths.

He also said the group was not impressed by the Council’s arguments that the drop in attendance at the baths was an indication of a general apathy towards the pool.