Jo paid a visit to the Milngavie & Bearsden Amateur Swimming Club on Saturday to support their calls for Allander Leisure to be kept open.
The club contacted Jo to say that if the Allander closes while its replacement is being built, they may have to abandon their activities due to the lack of alternative facilities in the area. The club has 125 swimmers and uses the Allander’s pool 7 days a week.
Jo has raised their concerns with the East Dunbartonshire Council, and although the Council is committed to keeping the Allander open until its replacement is ready, there are concerns that the Scottish Government Reporter may not enforce this in her final decision on the appeal by CALA and Stewart Milne over the Kilmardinny development.
Jo has written to the Reporter urging her to require the developers to let the Allander stay open while the development is underway.
Commenting, Jo said:
“The Milngavie and Bearsden Amateur Swimming Club provides wonderful opportunities for young people in the area to improve their fitness and have fun. They use the facilities at the Allander seven days a week, and there are no other swimming facilities anywhere in the area which would be suitable for them to use.
“The Allander has 3,600 regular users and welcomes around 1,000 users per day. Closing it for six months or more while a new sports centre is built, as the developers want to do, would have a damaging effect on the health and wellbeing of local people. I am urging the Reporter not to let the developers jeopardise people’s health in this way for the sake of maximising their profits."