Newcastle’s 100-year-old open-air sea water swimming pool faces closure to save £45,000

Campaigners in Co Down are desperately trying to save one of the last open-air sea water swimming pools in Ireland from closure. Reports the Belfast Telegraph…

The pool is open for eight weeks during the summer months at a cost of £45,000 to the new council, which is looking to save money in these times of austerity.

A statement from petition organisers says: “Newry, Mourne and Down Council are proposing to close the iconic Rock Pool in Newcastle Co Down in order to save £45,000,

“The 100-year-old pool is a much-loved and well-supported facility and is the last open-air sea water swimming pool in Ireland.

“It has provided generations of locals, sports people and visitors the opportunity to learn water safety, lifesaving and swimming in a unique cold sea water environment.

“It is a true cross-community facility and has attracted visitors to Newcastle town for 100 years.” More…

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