STAYING SHUT: Europa Pools not reopening
A swimming pool in one part of Wirral will stay shut this summer despite councillors voting for it to be reopened.
The fun pool at Europa Pools in Birkenhead was set to reopen on July 19 for the school summer holidays after a Wirral Council committee narrowly voted in favour of the move last month.
At the meeting, Labour and the Liberal Democrats voted for the pool to be reopened, with the Conservatives and one Green Party councillor against the move.
Liberal Democrat councillor Allan Brame said children have had a “wretched time” during the pandemic, with many losing school time and not being able to see their friends.
He added that others had been stuck in flats or houses with no gardens, and asked why the council would not reopen the pool if all restrictions were lifted by July 19.
But others were against the move, with Conservative councillor Jenny Johnson suggesting the committee should side with Wirral’s public health director Julie Webster, who advised against reopening the pool.
Despite the committee’s vote, the reopening will now not happen, after council officers decided that rising Covid-19 case numbers in Wirral meant the fun pool should stay closed on public health and protection grounds.
Wirral’s infection rate is currently 497 per 100,000, with 1,610 cases registered in the week up to July 11.
That puts the borough in the top 20 most infected parts of the country and means it is currently designated by the government as an area of Enhanced Response.
Details of the availability of other swimming and leisure activities in Wirral can be found here (wirralleisure.co.uk).
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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