Pool boycott 'ridiculous'
SIR – I cannot believe your letters page today (November 11) is not overflowing with objections to this ridiculous boycott of Torridge Pool by Bideford schools (Gazette front page, November 4). What have the parents whose children are missing out on fre
SIR - I cannot believe your letters page today (November 11) is not overflowing with objections to this ridiculous boycott of Torridge Pool by Bideford schools (Gazette front page, November 4).
What have the parents whose children are missing out on free swimming lessons (a vital life skill) to say about it? If I were one of them I would be trying to rally a protest of some sort.
I agree we must keep children safe (I have three young grandchildren myself) but where has the responsibility of the supervising school staff gone? It's not as if there are hundreds, or even dozens, of adult users sharing the facilities and most of those who do are retired folk or other mums, sometimes with their own toddlers.
Frankly, as a regular user of the centre, I avoid the changing rooms when the children are there: it is more embarrassing for grannies to undress in front of children than the other way around!
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If something untoward has occurred, then we should be told. However, I suspect this stems from one or two teachers who just can't be bothered with the disruption of their day. And now they endanger other people's jobs: the leisure centre staff have been put on short time, I understand.
It seems from your story that Parkwood Leisure has bent over backwards to provide solutions, all of which have been rejected.
- 1 Volunteers come together to spruce up Barnstaple Train Station
- 2 New home grown manager for South Molton Swimming Pool
- 3 New council led leisure company Active Torridge appoints director
- 4 Homeless man jailed after attacking Barnstaple soldier in McDonald's
- 5 Murder investigation launched in Bideford after woman found dead
- 6 Appeal launched to raise £100,000 for new play equipment in Bideford
- 7 More than 530 nights in a tent - Max Woosey wins Young Hero Award
- 8 Equestrian star celebrates with sporting royalty
- 9 North Devon's Amy Riley takes her motorsports dream to next level
- 10 Selaine Saxby's Henry to compete for Westminster Dog of the Year
This is child protection gone mad.