Following repeated calls from residents for a 50m swimming facility in the city, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has launched a petition for a new 50m swimming pool at the King Alfred site with the famous Shiverers Swimming Club.
A petition backing the wishes of residents has been drawn up in order to highlight the desire locally for first-rate, flexible facilities. Parents, swimming groups and a sports club have all backed the campaign for a dividable 50m facility. The petition was launched at the packed AGM of the Shiverers Swimming Club. Due to popular demand, an online version will be available shortly.
Advantages of a dividable 50m swimming pool – with adjustable floors – include cost and flexibility. Crawley’s 50m pool is used in its 50m configuration every morning and is packed during gala situations. Alongside this, residents of all abilities, including the elderly and young children, use the flexible pool for all sorts of different purposes.
Commenting, Mike said: “It is abundantly clear that residents want a first-rate 50m swimming pool when the decrepit King Alfred is finally replaced. As well as embracing the Olympic legacy after the success of the London 2012 Games, it just makes long-term sense to provide children and adults in Brighton & Hove with the most flexible facilities.”