Over 3,000 sign petition to stop closure of ‘vital’ Peterborough hydrotherapy pool

Campaigners outside Peterborough's town hall with a petition to keep the hydrotherapy pool open
Campaigners outside Peterborough's town hall with a petition to keep the hydrotherapy pool open
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Campaigners bidding to keep a hydrotherapy pool in Peterborough open have handed council chiefs a petition with over 3,000 signatures from supporters.

As reported in the PT previously, the hydrotherapy pool at the St George’s Centre, in Dogsthorpe, has been earmarked for closure as part of Peterborough City Council’s budget cuts and if approved would save £45,000.

But campaigners say the pool, which offers pain relief for disabled people and patients suffering sports injuries, is a vital facility and are pleading with council bosses to rethink their plans.

Campaigner Karen Oldale said: “Despite all the thousands of people living in Peterborough with disability or long-term conditions, two hydrotherapy pools have closed recently, leaving only the Phoenix School, which is at full capacity, and St George’s open. If this pool closes many of the city’s most vulnerable patients will be left without any access to this vital service.”

Cllr John Fox added: “The pool has too many success stories for it to be axed. I’m not a health expert but I have spoken to many of the pool’s users and have a good idea of how soothing and helpful the facility is.”

Cllr Marco Cereste, the council leader, said the authority was facing “difficult choices” due to funding cuts from government.

But he added that the council was looking at the possibility of building two new sports centres in the city, which could have hydrotherpay facilities. Meanwhile, residents are being invited to have their say on the budget proposals ahead of the authority’s full council meeting on March 5.

To have your say on the proposals, email budget@peterborough.gov.uk.

By post: Financial Services Manager, Peterborough City Council, Town Hall, Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HG.