Cuts Scene Investigation Special: Tameside’s £20m Swimming Strategy

Changes to borough’s swimming provision sees loss of Dukinfield pool but new site for Denton

  • Active Dukinfield to become Dukinfield Sports Village with gym and fitness centre;
  • Active Ashton site to be retained in short term, pending new facility;
  • New Wellness Centre for Denton on site of Oldham’s Batteries works;
  • Swimming lanes to be added to Tameside Leisure Pool.

After 50 years, the William Andrew Swimming Baths – presently known as Active Dukinfield – will no longer have a swimming pool. Instead, the facility will become part of Dukinfield Sports Village, as a high volume gymnasium and fitness centre. There will also be a café on the premises and a soft play facility.
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Cuts Scene Investigation: Could Tameside Swimmers Be Left High and Dry?

East of the M60 looks at proposed swimming pool closures in Ashton-under-Lyne, Denton and Dukinfield

For many people, taking your first swimming lesson is a rite of passage. As well as being a fun activity, it makes for a good spectator sport whether it’s a local swimming gala or The Olympic Games. Without swimming pools, there would be no water polo, synchronised swimming, diving events, or jumping to the bottom of the pool to pick up a brick, with pyjamas on. Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation: Could Tameside Swimmers Be Left High and Dry?”

In Praise of Withington Baths

East of the M60 on the swimming baths’ proposed closure and replacement

My old swimming baths
Doomed: Withington Baths. Also the place where the creator of East of the M60 went for his swimming lessons whilst at the (now closed) Ewing School.

Whilst I attended Ewing School, I used to dread Tuesday mornings, so much so that I called that day of the week ‘Tragic Tuesday’. At 1000, each morning, a Smiths Shearings coach would ferry us to Withington Baths. We would then spend the best part of an hour there: stronger swimmers went to Pool Number 1, and not so stronger swimmers would go to Pool Number 2. I was firmly in the latter category as my coordination was substandard. Continue reading “In Praise of Withington Baths”