Campaigners attack Waterworld soft play bid

Johnny Gailey. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Johnny Gailey. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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CAMPAIGNERS bidding to turn Leith Waterworld into a community hub said a council decision to look at a £1 million bid for the pool by a soft play company made them feel like a husband whose spouse is “considering an affair”.

The comment from campaign group Splashback, which is leading a community-based drive to re-open the pool, came after it emerged leisure bosses were considering the unsolicited bid from the firm.

Confirmation that a private buyer has joined the bidding also follows a decision by council leaders in January to give campaigners until the end of the year to come up with a viable plan for the pool. Splashback’s Johnny Gailey said: “To be honest, it feels like our new spouse, after making all the promises in the Chamber on January 31, is considering having an affair - at the first opportunity and doing it while we’re still in the room.”

“We have all spent a lot of unpaid time on this and it would be quite something if heads are being turned by this other bid,” said Mr Gailey.

“At the moment, we are still cooperating in the spirit of the agreement in January and we’ll review our position once we see the full report on this bid.”

And he expressed frustration that campaigners had not received more detailed advance information.

Leisure boss Richard Lewis confirmed the council was considering a bid from the firm.