Greens have attacked the decision to close Leith Waterworld as ‘a betrayal’ and congratulated the community on their continuing campaign to re-open it. At December full Council a Green motion to keep the much-loved local pool open was defeated, with SNP, Lib Dems, Labour and Tories all voting for closure.
The decision has devastated leisure facilities, especially for disabled and younger people who enjoyed the warmer water that Leith Waterworld provided. Greens pointed out that the January closure goes back on a previous commitment to keep the pool open at least until the refurbished Commonwealth Pool opened its doors.
“As a dad myself, I’ve often enjoyed the facilities at Leith Waterworld with my daughter. To think the children of Leith will no longer have that opportunity is heartbreaking. The Council also seem to have ignored the potential negative impact on the local economy, since Waterworld attracted visitors from across Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond.”
Councillor Alison Johnstone, Green Party Culture and Leisure spokesperson on the Council, tabled a motion at the Council’s Full Meeting in December. She called for the Council to work with Edinburgh Leisure to ensure the pool remains open and for an Equalities Impact Assessment to be undertaken, to inform any future decision about the Waterworld.
Alison added: “It would be ironic if part of the legacy of Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games was the closure of a unique and well-used facility, enjoyed by people across Lothians.”