THE SPOKES: COMMUNITY-BASED INITIATIVES
|Section 1.01 Activity
||Cost (annual)||Source of funding
||NHS, SNDT, NOF|
|Exercise for all/keep fit sessions in each area (4)
|Specialised sessions, (gender ethnicity, disability)|
| Sports across Shoreditch:||
|Development of Shoreditch leagues
|Sharp End: social, exercise, advice and info etc for elders
||+£40,000||£40,000 from SNDT, rest Now
|Hoxton Health Group||+£20,000
||£20,000 from SNDT, rest NOW|
|Informed health choices:||
||50 per cent SNDT, 50 per cent NOF|
|Being worked up with users||
|Hospital out-patient sessions||?
||NHS, once capital investment from SNDT to enable
|Primary care development:
Young people's health help clinic
|NHS, once capital investment from SNDT to enable|
|Access||?||Now and SNDT
|Work in schools (eg fruit tuck-shop)|
50 per cent SNDT, 50 per cent NOF
|Co-ordination and development||£50,000
SNDT = Shoreditch New Deal Trust.
NOF = New Opportunities Fund.
NHS = bending existing NHS resources, and including HAZ.
LA = bending Local Authority resources.
Now = currently resourced.
HAGGERSTON POOLTHE CALENDAR OF RUN DOWN ON HAGGERSTON
Hackney Council closed the well-loved Haggerston Baths overnight
in February, following 10 years of total negligence of basic maintenance
such as checking fire extinguishers, keeping gutters clear etc.
The reasons given were health and safety eg flaking paint. The
timing happened to coincide with a £multi-million overspend
on the new Clissold Pool in Stoke Newington.
As part of a huge campaign by the local community, Shoreditch
New Deal Trust put in a proposal for the pool to be given to the
local community to run and develop as a healthy living centre.
The new Chief Executive of Hackney arrived and expressed
a commitment for the council to re-open the pool and develop this,
recognising the Council's responsibility to maintain public facilities
such as swimming pools.
Throughout, the pool is kept full and heated as the building
will deteriorate if allowed to dry out, with dry rot, even more
flaking paint, tiles falling out and costly damage caused if this
is not done. However, in mid-September, the community hears that
the pool has been drained. The Council officers claim no knowledge
of this, and then on investigation find it was due to a "chemical
imbalance in the water". Shoreditch New Deal Trust arrange
a visit. The pool is half full and not heated. It is clear that
without our visit, it would still be empty. The pool was full
and heated on Friday 29 September.
A report is prepared for the Council's Regeneration Committee
recommending that the pool be re-developed with mix use and a
Healthy Living Centre, in partnership with the New Deal Trust.
This is welcomed by the community but with grave concern that
there is also a recommendation not to do the necessary repairs
to get the pool opened quickly, but to keep it closed until full
refurbishment is completeda period of up to four years.
On 4 October, the Shoreditch New Deal Trust gets wind that
the pool has been drained again and vital equipment removed. We
phone the Council and are informed that their Health and Safety
Officer has said this must happen as, since the Council removed
security cover in the pool, it can be broken into and people may
fall into the pool and drown. The Council would then be liable.
This expert also decrees that the pool will not have damage as
a result of being drained "in the short term". No one
can say how long this will persist.
This is exactly what happened in Haggerston Library where
neglect by the Council of a listed building meant it was riddled
with dry rot and sold off for development.
The pool remains shut.
Another summer passes with no local full size swimming
facility for local young people to use.
Eight local schools take swimming off the curriculum
because they can't afford coaches to other baths.
London Borough of Hackney tenders out for pools/leisure
facility management and exclude Haggerston Baths from the equation.
Shoreditch New Deal Trust Healthy Living Centre, which
based on Haggerston Baths as the Hub, gets through to the second
stage of the New Opportunities Fund bidding process.
London Borough of Hackney finally states they now have neither
capital, nor crucially the revenue to run the pool. Clear signs
that they would like to dispose of the pool.
Shoreditch New Deal Trust prepares a detailed proposal to
use the pool site, linked to the agreed redevelopment through
Canalside of the surrounding housing, to raise funds, both capital
and revenue, to retain the building facade and the pool area within
Shoreditch New Deal Trust, now called Shoreditch Our Way,
decides to change the Healthy Living Centre hub as the situation
with the pool jeopardises our bid.
And as this all goes on . . .
And as a historic building, which is the bedrock for SNDT's
plans for a healthy living centre, rots, our schools go without
swimming on the curriculum, our local boat club closes its books
to new comers as they have nowhere to train, our swimming clubs
collapse and local Olympic hopefuls give up as there is nowhere
4 November 2001