I wish to present a petition from 2,171 residents in the Hull area, who have signed it in support of Ennerdale Swimming Pool. I thank Peter Richardson, Nina Curran and others at Kingston upon Hull swimming club for all their efforts. As Hull is the UK City of Culture 2017, I hope that a way can be found of protecting the long-term future of this pool that serves the entire city of Hull so well.
The petition reads:
The Petition of residents of Kingston upon Hull,
Declares that the Petitioners note that Ennerdale Leisure Centre’s swimming pool is the only swimming facility serving the entire Hull area that is recognised by the Amateur Swimming Association as being of competition standard; further notes that Hull City Council is considering proposals to close Ennerdale's swimming pool, due to the unfair level of local authority funding cuts that Hull is receiving from the Coalition Government, when compared to far less severe cuts being made to councils in wealthier areas of the country.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to request Hull councillors to work with service users to find ways of saving Ennerdale swimming pool and provide Hull with a fairer deal on funding that will enable Ennerdale swimming pool to remain open, alongside other valued sports and leisure facilities in Hull.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.