We’re planning to ‘splash’ out on our pool

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CABINET CALL: By South Holland District Council Cabinet member Gary Taylor

Following some recent cabinet changes, my responsibilities now include Communities and Facilities.

As a small rural council I believe we should be proud of the facilities we have locally.

The cabinet has recently discussed a report focusing on the Spalding Castle swimming pool. We have listened to the feedback and are planning increased investment of the facility, which includes more cleaning, new floors and toilets.

There has recently been some speculation about numbers using this facility and there has been a notable increase in recent years.

In 2013 swimming pool usage was 147,954 and in 2015 this rose to 168,166.

I try to use the facilities regularly and it’s always useful to hear comments from users.

I have also recently taken part in a site visit to our recently purchased piece of land at Moulton Park.

This involved a tour and meeting with parish council representatives to discuss the future of the site, as well as hearing fascinating information about various trees and wildlife.

I was very pleased to hear that all of the industrial units across the district are fully occupied, which is good news for employment and the future prosperity of our towns and villages.

As the winter weather intensifies, rather than travelling miles to other areas it’s worth making an effort to explore what is on offer locally.

As well as the leisure facilities mentioned earlier in Spalding, there’s the Peele leisure centre in Long Sutton, Ayscoughfee Hall gardens and cafe, and there is still plenty of time to buy Christmas gifts from our markets in Holbeach, Long Sutton, Spalding and Crowland.

As I mentioned, I’m proud to say that we do listen and take your concerns seriously and look to make improvements where we can.

If you have any comments or suggestions on our council-owned facilities, please feel free to contact me in order for us to enhance experiences for future users.

• What do you think about the pool? Email jeremy.ransome@jpress.co.uk