Meeting over Baths fears

AN URGENT public meeting has been called as fears grow that Kirkham Baths will be a victim of the council's £2m financial crisis.

The future of the facility will be discussed at a cabinet budget meeting on February 14 along with St Annes pool and other amenities.

Fylde Council is facing a 1.15m deficit and needs a further 1.1m. It insists no decisions have yet be made on any closures.

People are being urged to attend the meeting on Tuesday, February 12 at 7pm at Kirkham Community Centre.

Raymond Green, chairman of The Friends of Kirkham Baths said: "I would urge people to attend the meeting and make their feelings known."

Meanwhile former council leader and Elswick councillor Paul Hayhurst is appealing to his colleagues to sacrifice their allowances to rescue the council from its financial plight.

And council leader, Coun John Coombes, is being urged to lead the move which would save around 300,000 if all 51 councillors ceased to claim.

Coun Hayhurst said: "I call upon Coun John Coombes to suspend the present allowances scheme and replace it with a scheme in which each councillor would receive a nominal payment of 1.

"This would save almost 300,000 and remove the ridiculous potential scenario in which councillors could find themselves being paid for closing facilities."

Coun John Coombes said: "Any member who feels this is a possible way forward can go and see the legal office and give up their allowances.

"If people want to do it they can but it's like using your finger as a bung - it won't hold the flood waters back."