Public use of Rickmansworth school pool costs council £70,000

Public use of Rickmansworth school pool costs council £70,000

Public use of Rickmansworth school pool costs council £70,000

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

Residents are one step closer to being able to use the new Rickmansworth School pool in an agreement Three Rivers councillors have hailed a "great deal".

Politicians on the district council’s leisure and community safety policy and scrutiny committee agreed officers’ recommendations to approve an investment of £70,000 in the new pool, which officially opened earlier this month.

The partnership is designed to last for ten years and, in return, 160 hours of public "pay and swim" access will be available every year.

The swimming facilities at the Scots Hill secondary school have been completely renovated since the dilapidated pool closed in 2012.

Residents will predominantly be able to use the pool during the school holiday period.

Speaking after the meeting, leisure committee chairman, Liberal Democrat councillor, Steve Drury, said: "It’s a benefit to both of us (the council and the school), and we’ve secured a good deal for residents of Three Rivers, especially those in Croxley Green."

The decision was also welcomed by Rickmansworth representative, Councillor David Sansom, who sits on the leisure and community safety policy and scrutiny committee.

The conservative councillor said: "It seems like a great deal for the council. For a £70,000 investment residents can use it for the next ten years.

"This means the public can go in and use a brand new pool."

When asked whether the Scots Hill facilities could draw numbers away from council-owned pools such as William Penn Leisure Centre and Sir James Altham, councillor Sansom said he did predict there would not be a detrimental impact.

He said: "I don’t think these pools will be affected. We have had surveys before that showed the more people in the pool the less likely visitors are to come back.

"Also, things such as these tend to even themselves out. It might have a short term effect but not a huge one."

As for the cost to residents who wish to use the "pay and swim" facilities, councillor Sansom said Three Rivers has been assured the "normal rate" will be charged to coincide with William Penn and Sir James Altham.

The pool’s redevelopment was financed after a grant of £380,000 was awarded from the Education Funding Agency and a further cash boost of £150,000 was given to the school from Sport England.

The council’s £70,000 investment will go towards installing a combined heat and power pump, which will improve the energy efficiency of the facility.

The committee’s recommendation will now go to the executive committee, scheduled to meet on Monday, March 24.

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2:25pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

I attended Rickmansworth School in the early 1970's and remember very well the pool being built.

My family and many others gave regular weekly payments to the school over many years in order for the school to be able to build the pool. As a thank you to all those who contributed so heavily we were told that our family could use the pool free of charge at public sessions even once we had finished at the school. There was no time limit, it was for the family for life.

It's now nearly 40 years since I left Rickmansworth School

Does this free swimming rule still apply I wonder?
I attended Rickmansworth School in the early 1970's and remember very well the pool being built. My family and many others gave regular weekly payments to the school over many years in order for the school to be able to build the pool. As a thank you to all those who contributed so heavily we were told that our family could use the pool free of charge at public sessions even once we had finished at the school. There was no time limit, it was for the family for life. It's now nearly 40 years since I left Rickmansworth School Does this free swimming rule still apply I wonder? Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -7

3:47pm Thu 20 Mar 14

cgpc Rob says...

160 hours pa equates to 3 hours per week, does anyone know what time periods they are, is it an hour per night for three nights, a three hour session on Sats or Suns, anyone got any info?
160 hours pa equates to 3 hours per week, does anyone know what time periods they are, is it an hour per night for three nights, a three hour session on Sats or Suns, anyone got any info? cgpc Rob
  • Score: -1

7:14pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Nascot says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
I attended Rickmansworth School in the early 1970's and remember very well the pool being built.

My family and many others gave regular weekly payments to the school over many years in order for the school to be able to build the pool. As a thank you to all those who contributed so heavily we were told that our family could use the pool free of charge at public sessions even once we had finished at the school. There was no time limit, it was for the family for life.

It's now nearly 40 years since I left Rickmansworth School

Does this free swimming rule still apply I wonder?
Typical politician, looking for freebies.
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: I attended Rickmansworth School in the early 1970's and remember very well the pool being built. My family and many others gave regular weekly payments to the school over many years in order for the school to be able to build the pool. As a thank you to all those who contributed so heavily we were told that our family could use the pool free of charge at public sessions even once we had finished at the school. There was no time limit, it was for the family for life. It's now nearly 40 years since I left Rickmansworth School Does this free swimming rule still apply I wonder?[/p][/quote]Typical politician, looking for freebies. Nascot
  • Score: 4

7:38pm Thu 20 Mar 14

tiredofstatingtheobvious says...

CGPC Rob ....Says in the article public can use it in school holidays .....
CGPC Rob ....Says in the article public can use it in school holidays ..... tiredofstatingtheobvious
  • Score: 0

8:38pm Thu 20 Mar 14

cgpc Rob says...

tiredofstatingtheobv
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wrote:
CGPC Rob ....Says in the article public can use it in school holidays .....
What days in the school hols, do you know?

Is it every day, during the day.evenings,weekend
s!

I
[quote][p][bold]tiredofstatingtheobv ious[/bold] wrote: CGPC Rob ....Says in the article public can use it in school holidays .....[/p][/quote]What days in the school hols, do you know? Is it every day, during the day.evenings,weekend s! I cgpc Rob
  • Score: -1

8:41pm Thu 20 Mar 14

cgpc Rob says...

tiredofstatingtheobv
ious
wrote:
CGPC Rob ....Says in the article public can use it in school holidays .....
What days in the school hols, do you know?

Is it every day, during the day.evenings,weekend
s!
[quote][p][bold]tiredofstatingtheobv ious[/bold] wrote: CGPC Rob ....Says in the article public can use it in school holidays .....[/p][/quote]What days in the school hols, do you know? Is it every day, during the day.evenings,weekend s! cgpc Rob
  • Score: -1

8:50pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Nascot wrote:
Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
I attended Rickmansworth School in the early 1970's and remember very well the pool being built.

My family and many others gave regular weekly payments to the school over many years in order for the school to be able to build the pool. As a thank you to all those who contributed so heavily we were told that our family could use the pool free of charge at public sessions even once we had finished at the school. There was no time limit, it was for the family for life.

It's now nearly 40 years since I left Rickmansworth School

Does this free swimming rule still apply I wonder?
Typical politician, looking for freebies.
I expected someone might make that cheap shot.

It's cheap and I'll tell you why.

My family paid a sum weekly for this swimming pool to be built over many years, both while my brother was at the school and again whilst I was at the school.

We did it to help the school and the school said thanks in return by offering those who contributed to the pool free swimming. I always viewed that as rather nice and fair. Quite decent, in fact.

How is that a freebie?

Some people are just looking for fault all the time even where there is none, but it really just shows up the flaws in their own thinking. It shows up their own prejudices.

FYI I have only used my free swim once - about 34 years ago. The rest of my family not at all to my knowledge.

I don't feel bad about the fact we paid so much and only got one free swim. It was a good thing my family did and even today children at Ricky school are still benefiting from the generosity and kindness of people like my parents.

My parents expected nothing in return but the school made a kind offer anyway. Is Nascot now saying that agreements made should not be honoured?

Agreements should be honoured, or do you disagree with keeping your word, Nascot?
[quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: I attended Rickmansworth School in the early 1970's and remember very well the pool being built. My family and many others gave regular weekly payments to the school over many years in order for the school to be able to build the pool. As a thank you to all those who contributed so heavily we were told that our family could use the pool free of charge at public sessions even once we had finished at the school. There was no time limit, it was for the family for life. It's now nearly 40 years since I left Rickmansworth School Does this free swimming rule still apply I wonder?[/p][/quote]Typical politician, looking for freebies.[/p][/quote]I expected someone might make that cheap shot. It's cheap and I'll tell you why. My family paid a sum weekly for this swimming pool to be built over many years, both while my brother was at the school and again whilst I was at the school. We did it to help the school and the school said thanks in return by offering those who contributed to the pool free swimming. I always viewed that as rather nice and fair. Quite decent, in fact. How is that a freebie? Some people are just looking for fault all the time even where there is none, but it really just shows up the flaws in their own thinking. It shows up their own prejudices. FYI I have only used my free swim once - about 34 years ago. The rest of my family not at all to my knowledge. I don't feel bad about the fact we paid so much and only got one free swim. It was a good thing my family did and even today children at Ricky school are still benefiting from the generosity and kindness of people like my parents. My parents expected nothing in return but the school made a kind offer anyway. Is Nascot now saying that agreements made should not be honoured? Agreements should be honoured, or do you disagree with keeping your word, Nascot? Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -3

9:43pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Sara says...

It's not the same pool. The old pool was condemned and to be demolished until the grant funding was obtained to rebuild it.
It's not the same pool. The old pool was condemned and to be demolished until the grant funding was obtained to rebuild it. Sara
  • Score: 3

11:43pm Thu 20 Mar 14

cgpc Rob says...

Is the new pool on the same site as the old pool?
Is the new pool on the same site as the old pool? cgpc Rob
  • Score: 0

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