Project gets fresh support

PUBLISHED: 15:25 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 31 May 2010

Joan Smith who has worked tirelessly to get the pool up and running – Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Joan Smith who has worked tirelessly to get the pool up and running - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

SUPPORTERS of Linton s ongoing swimming pool campaign breathed a sigh of relief last week when a new committee was elected to drive the project forward. The formation of a new committee for Linton s Area Pool Project took place at a make-or-break meeting

SUPPORTERS of Linton's ongoing swimming pool campaign breathed a sigh of relief last week when a new committee was elected to drive the project forward.

The formation of a new committee for Linton's Area Pool Project took place at a make-or-break meeting last Thursday.

If fresh interest in the project had not been found, the charity pushing for a village swimming pool would have been dissolved and the campaign abandoned.

Joan Smith, who has worked tirelessly for 20 years to try and secure a swimming pool in the village, said she was pleased the pool project could continue.

"The project has been saved, at least for the time being," she said.

"Between 15 and 20 people came along to the meeting and a new committee has been formed.

"The new committee members have taken away a lot of paperwork so they can familiarise themselves with the full situation, and are planning to meet again in April.

"There's an awful lot of work to be done and I really hope that the new blood will be able to take the project forward successfully.

"It's very encouraging that there are new people who are willing to take the reins."

Mrs Smith is stepping down from the committee after two decades' involvement. She said: "I've been on it for 20 years - it's time for old blood to get off and new blood to get on.

"I want to travel next year, but when I'm around I'll still be available to offer advice and explain things to the new committee."

Linton's pool project has already received considerable support from the village college and the parish council, but the committee has a hard task ahead of them.

The two-storey complex housing the pool will require around £1 million of funding to build, the majority of which will need to come from local fund-raising projects.

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