Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Councillor Jim Battle


  I am writing in connection with the public evidence session to be held on the 4 December and I would be grateful if the following information could be considered.

  Miles Platting Swimming Baths which is situated in the Central Ward of Manchester had faced closure. However I have been working with local people and with Tony Lloyd, Member of Parliament for Manchester Central, to look at how a swimming baths like this, which does need refurbishment, can be developed into a holistic facility which will meet the needs of local people.

  Central Manchester has some of the highest levels of heart disease in the country. Swimming has been proved to be one of the most effective forms of exercise to fight heart disease. The local pool is accessible. It allows local people of all ages from school children to the elderly to meet together and participate in a form of exercise which is not expensive, does not require specific equipment and is non competitive and therefore people of all abilities can enjoy.

  It is vital that this sort of facility be retained and built upon. It is not about keeping the baths as it was in the past. It is about developing the facility into a healthy living centre which will allow people to look to take part in different forms of exercise and relaxation. In an area to take many places where people have historically come together to meet are closing a facility like the Miles Platting pool is an opportunity to develop its role into a much wider used community building.

28 November 2001

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