Council to rule on Waterworld future

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The immediate future of Leith Waterworld will be decided when the city council rules on a fresh business case later this month.

Council leader Andrew Burns said the plans submitted by campaigners just before Christmas in a bid to re-open the pool would go before a full meeting of the council on 
January 31.

The rejuvenated bid has been put together by community group Splashback, which was set up in 2010 to fight Waterworld’s closure.

The council shut the pool 12 months ago despite the group’s best efforts after the facility ran at a £340,000 loss during the final year it was open. Splashback was given a £5000 budget by the council’s economic development committee to help it gather information after its initial bid to buy the once-popular attraction was rejected in September last year.

A survey, subsequently run by the campaign group, of more than 800 people in Leith found 74 per cent of respondents were swimming less regularly since the pool’s closure.

Councillor Burns said the city’s failure to secure hosting rights for next year’s Tour de France would not necessarily free up funds to save 
Waterworld.

Consultants have previously said the site should be remarketed in February in the event that a revised community bid failed.