Search

Redbridge will have its long-awaited swimming pool before May 2018.

10:58 23 June 2014

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson visits the temporary pool at Wanstead

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson visits the temporary pool at Wanstead

Archant

The leader of Redbridge Council, Jas Athwal, has said he will “guarantee and ensure” that the borough would have a new swimming pool before the next election.

Deputy leader of the council, Wes Streeting, added: “We will look to do this quickly to give residents the pool they have been waiting for for so long.”

Cllr Athwal dismissed plans to build the pool at Valentines Park, Barley Lane Recreation Ground or South Park stating that somewhere more suitable would be sought.

The council heard that the Labour administration would explore how the new pool could regenerate an area of Redbridge.

Only one swimming pool has served the borough since the closure of the Ilford Baths in 2008, leading to long waiting lists for children hoping to learn to swim.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson added his voice to calls for action on the issue when he visited a temporary pool in Wanstead in March.

He said: “There is one pool for 290,000 people here and the sums just don’t add up.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

7 minutes ago
Members of Smiths Residential in Barkingside, who are donating £100 to Macmillan Cancer Support for every property sold or let in the next year.

A Barkingside estate agent has pledged to donate £100 to charity for every property sold or let in the next year.

Families enjoying the outdoor cinema in High Road, Ilford, last year.

If small yellow creatures start to appear around the town centre, do not be alarmed, minions are not taking over.

Yesterday, 16:11
An overturned lorry is causing congestion in Redbridge. Picture: PA/Andy Butterton

Drivers should expect delays on the roads because of an overturned lorry on the M11.

Yesterday, 13:39
Car with 'L' plates. Photo: PA David Jones

Wanstead has been named as the toughest place in the UK to pass a driving test.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now