Campaign to save baths resurrected

I read the article entitled “Baths was a great place to take niece” by Mrs Williams in Saturday’s Wigan Evening Post lamenting the closure of Hindley pool.

Mrs Williams in her comments suggests that the pool is to close. This isn’t the view of those who have fought to retain it under council operation.

Closure is the council’s wish not ours, The HOPE group was formed with the aim of the pool continuing in council ownership and operation, backed by a petition signed by a massive number of residents. Sadly this campaign has been unsuccessful. As its constitution doesn’t allow the group to bid to take the pool over, a new group is in the process of reforming under the banner of Phoenix with a view to bidding to take the pool over as a community pool.

Currently a bid is being prepared but we need the help of you the public to help operate the pool following a successful bid, not just for now but for future generations to enjoy its use as past generations have done.

To do this we are looking for volunteers to run the pool, you don’t have to be a swimmer just someone who, like us, object to seeing the last local facility in the area being closed. Aspull library featured in the same paper having been saved by local volunteers, if they can do it so can we.

If you have recently retired and are at a bit of a loose end we would be glad to hear from you. This is an opportunity to prevent your skills going rusty. If you share our views and aspirations why not contact us to offer your services? By phone Margaret 510532; Jim 736258 or via email hindleyhope@hotmail.co.uk

I can only repeat this is our and your last chance to save the pool for our community

Coun Jim Ellis.

Don’t let our dairy industry die off

I have been involved in the dairy industry for most of my life.

After moving to Lancashire and getting married I kept a herd of milking goats and sold milk and yoghurt and also became a milk contractor for the Milk Marketing Board, then National Milk Records, sampling milk on farms for quality testing.

I did this job for 33 years before retiring shortly after the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth.

Things were never the same after foot and mouth.

I saw first-hand the difficulties dairy farmers had to face with increased red tape, stricter health and safety in herd management and all the time increased costs of fertiliser, proven and fuel.

Margins were drastically reduced and a lot of farmers went out of business. When we came here 43 years ago there were dozens of dairy farms in our local area, now there are a handful and they have had to get bigger to try to make a decent living.

Successive governments have failed our farmers and now the supermarket giants are using milk as a “loss leader” and dairy farmers are losing money on every litre of milk they produce.

When will our government realise the importance of our dairy industry to the economic wealth of this country? When they have lost it!

Don’t let another British industry die especially one as important as this.Angela Leadbetter, Lancashire