Green Party defends Reading's right to swim

13 April 2017

At Reading Borough Council's most recent Policy Committee meeting Green councillor Rob White passionately called for campaigners to be given more time to save Arthur Hill swimming pool. Unfortunately Labour councillors voted down this proposal.

The Council was debating whether to keep Arthur Hill pool in East Reading closed for good, despite there being no replacement until at least 2020, or whether to allow the community to have a chance at running it.

Councillor Rob White proposed that the Save Arthur Hill company be given until June 12th 2017 to submit the documents required by the council. White also questioned whether the Labour administration had been "fair with its treatment of the Save Arthur Hill company?"

Councillor White ended his proposal, which was seconded by LibDem councillor Ricky Duveen, with a rallying call to "Vote for community, vote for health and vote for Arthur Hill".

Unfortunately, Councillor White's initiative was voted down by Labour. This means the proposal by the Save Arthur Hill company to reopen swimming pool was rejected and the pool will remain closed.

 Rob White at protest to save Arthur Hill

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