Despite the assurances of local Labour councillors that Birmingham Council would keep Castle Pool on Castle Vale in public hands, it has now been announced that this popular local swimming baths will only stay open after September 2014 through a community asset transfer. The pool will be run by a Users' Group representing a number of different local community organisations.
Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Ann Holtom said: "That Castle Pool is to stay open is a direct result of the hard work and campaigning of local people on Castle Vale and across Erdington more generally. Last year, a petition I was pleased to help organise, showed how strongly local people supported this vital local facility and was clearly a factor in putting pressure on Labour councillors to find a way to keep the pool open - even if it is not the way they promised. The Users' Group are to be thanked for stepping in and agreeing to do the hard work of running the pool. I am very happy that Castle Pool will continue to be available for local residents and their children and I wish the Users' Group every success."