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Mayor of London Boris Johnson visiting Wanstead temporary pool

Counicllors opening the new temporary swimming pool at Wanstead Leisure Centre. Counicllors opening the new temporary swimming pool at Wanstead Leisure Centre.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
11:57 AM

Boris Johnson will be visiting Wanstead’s temporary swimming pool on Thursday.

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Mayor of London Boris JohnsonMayor of London Boris Johnson

At the private event, the Mayor of London will be meeting children who are using the free facility at Wanstead High School.

It is available to schools in the day and residents in the evening until its 12-week run finishes at the end of April.

The pool opened amid continuing controversy over plans for a new facility in Redbridge.

Conservatives on Redbridge Council proposed a five-year leisure centre in Seven Kings but the Labour group argues they could build a permanent pool for a similar amount of money.

Since the Ilford Swimming Baths, in High Road, closed in 2008 there has only been one public pool for Redbridge’s 279,000 residents.

The waiting lists for swimming lessons at Fullwell Cross got so long that they were closed last year with 1,577 children waiting.

The temporary pool was built as part of Mr Johnson’s “Make a Splash” programme aiming to increase swimming in parts of London where facilities are limited.

In the last three years, temporary pools have been taken to 24 places around London and helped an estimated 21,500 learn to swim.

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