More than 150 people in all attended, and the meeting was ably chaired by Mike Coysh, Chair of Save Haggerston Pool.
The council, represented by Chris Pritchard, Assitant Director of Property Services, and Councillor Jonathan McShane, Cabinet member for Health, Social Care and Culture, told the meeting that they are at a very early stage of selecting a bidder to take over Haggerston Pool, describing this stage as a “fishing expedition”.
Many in the audience made a vocal and passionate case for the swimming pool to be restored in the building, those speaking including representatives from the Victorian Society, Laburnum Boat Club, the Bridge Academy and youth group YOH. Members of the audience also questioned why the pool building could not be listed as an Asset of Community Value.
There was also a proposal that when the council have a short list of bidders, they bring the bidders to an open public meeting for local people to vote on their choice. Council representatives did not agree to anything in the meeting, but said they were pleased to have the discussion, and were open to new forms of democracy.
Questionnaires were circulated at the meeting. The results of the questionnaires, and notes from the meeting will be circulated to all the bidders, and council decision makers, as well as being published here.