At the end of 2017 the group were granted official status as a CIO with the group now being known as Elswick Community Pool and Leisure Centre. The group continue to meet with the aim to reopen the pool.
Elswick Community Pool and Leisure Centre is still made up of representatives from Centre West, the local community, Newcastle College, YHN and City Councillors. Progress is still being made with the City Council and different funding is being explored in order to raise enough money to complete all the necessary repairs and refurbishments to the pool and the building. The group still hope to refurbish the main reception area and bring in a new café and soft play area.
The range of services offered is aimed towards providing activities that the community identified in the community survey carried out earlier in 2016.
The Council will continue to deliberate over the next few weeks and if they support these proposals it is hoped that the pool will reopen in summer 2018.
Graeme Williams, Centre West's Partnership Director said "Centre West fully supports the campaign to reopen the pool and are committed to working with local people to develop a viable community based business to do so".
For more information on Elswick Pool, please contact Graeme Williams on 0191 300 1710.