Croydon Council recently announced their intention to close Purley Pool. The council claim that this decision is driven by the desire to save money in the face of the harmful and unnecessary austerity policies of the coalition Government. Local people are understandably angry with this decision to cut funding and close their pool. We note that the pool has been under threat from successive councils and is being used as a political football.
Some candidates standing in Croydon South have made public statements opposing the closure of Purley Pool despite supporting public spending cuts at a national and local level. We believe that all candidates should declare that they want Purley Pool to have a long term future.
We believe that the people of Croydon South, and especially those who are actively campaigning to save Purley Pool, deserve better than just being offered election promises or short term solutions. This issue should not be hijacked by candidates just trying to win votes and then ignored following the election. We believe that all candidates should commit to providing on-going support to the campaign to keep Purley Pool open in the long term and that they should be willing to be held to account following the election.
We believe that local people value their pool more than party political bickering and point-scoring and we are willing to work with the local community to find a way to keep the pool open. We therefore propose that all parliamentary candidates for Croydon South add their names to the following statement:
As candidates for the Croydon South constituency we oppose the plans to close Purley Pool. We call on Croydon Council to keep the pool open and to provide details of its long term future. We will continue to campaign publicly for this until a solution is found to keep the pool open beyond 2016.
Jon Bigger Peter Underwood
Class War candidate Green Party candidate