Hope for greater scrutiny of controversial Waltham Forest Pool & Track plan

Young divers at Waltham Forest Pool and Track want to keep their 5m board

Young divers at Waltham Forest Pool and Track want to keep their 5m board

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People campaigning against a decision not to replace a diving board in a rebuilt sports centre said they hope the plans will be thoroughly scrutinised by a planning committee next week.

A decision on a £23million proposal to demolish and replace facilities at Waltham Forest Pool & Track in Chingford Road will be made on Tuesday.

Parents of children who used the popular, existing high-diving facilities have criticised a plan to not replace a 5m board, saying it will be sorely missed as its vital to training and development.

Ian Capes, whose daughter used the boards, said parents and users had been ignored.

 “I hope that now that the plans are going to the committee they will come under some proper scrutiny,” he said.

“It is the long term users of this pool that have had no say in the plans whatsoever.

A petition set up by Suzanne Mason, whose two daughters are members of the centre’s diving club, has attracted 641 signatures.

Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith and Olympic diver Pete Waterfield have both spoken out against plans.

The council say the new centre will provide a broader range of facilities and divers can travel to the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park.

The meeting will take place at the town hall from 7pm.

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12:01pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

5m board is safe as long as you pinch your nose before jumping in for the sure.
5m board is safe as long as you pinch your nose before jumping in for the sure. Villagecranberry
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12:56pm Wed 27 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

If the council have anything to do with it I imagine the new running track will only 350m long ?
If the council have anything to do with it I imagine the new running track will only 350m long ? jonny mash
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5:49pm Wed 3 Sep 14

NorthcoterE17 says...

Common sense prevailed last night... the campaign against the current plans gained momentum and became so toxic for LBWF. This is another example of big decisions being made by small groups in closed rooms... Local Democracy can't work this way anymore. With the power of Facebook residents groups and Twitter.. this Council needs to realise it must stop doing things TO residents and start doing things WITH residents!

Cllr Ahsan Khan really needs to start engaging with residents, seemingly stonewalling constituents on this front from day one of this year. He has thus far proved elusive to get hold of and won't engage at all. Even refusing an invitation to go on BBC Live Drive Time radio to explain his position... Hello? Anyone there Portfolio Holder for Health & Leisure Services?
Common sense prevailed last night... the campaign against the current plans gained momentum and became so toxic for LBWF. This is another example of big decisions being made by small groups in closed rooms... Local Democracy can't work this way anymore. With the power of Facebook residents groups and Twitter.. this Council needs to realise it must stop doing things TO residents and start doing things WITH residents! Cllr Ahsan Khan really needs to start engaging with residents, seemingly stonewalling constituents on this front from day one of this year. He has thus far proved elusive to get hold of and won't engage at all. Even refusing an invitation to go on BBC Live Drive Time radio to explain his position... Hello? Anyone there Portfolio Holder for Health & Leisure Services? NorthcoterE17
  • Score: 2

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