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Swimming pools saved: Temporary reprieve for baths in Levenshulme, Withington and Miles Platting

By John McDougall

Swimming baths set for closure across Manchester have been handed a lifeline after the city council agreed to keep three facilities open until 2015.

Levenshulme, Miles Platting and Withington have now been recommended to remain open, subject to a meeting of the council’s executive next month.

Council leader Jim Battle, a Labour member for Ancoats and Clayton, revealed the council made the decision in light of outcry and protests from residents and councillors alike.

“The commitment we’ve seen from communities to these facilities has been impressive,” he said.

“The council has listened carefully to what communities and councillors have been saying during the consultation.

“We have worked together with them and it’s now possible to put forward interim solutions for Miles Platting, Withington and Levenshulme.”

New facilities – costing £10million – in Hough End and Levenshulme will still replace the three old baths in spring 2015.

But after receiving more than 1,000 responses during a consultation period, alternative funding models will be adopted, keeping the facilities open until the new baths are ready.

However, Broadway in New Moston will still close on May 26 despite the Council supporting access to alternative facilities.

Such closures are part of £80million worth of funding cuts Manchester City Council need to make over the next two years, and also affect libraries.

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