In reaction to the proposed closure of the Brechin Paddling pool, one local mother has launched a Facebook page in a bid to protest against the move.
The paddling pool has been enjoyed by generations of Brechiners, and the news of its planned closure has sparked a massive community response, with the Facebook campaign a key part of that.
The woman behind the page, who has asked not to be named as she does not want to create publicity for herself, launched the page on Saturday morning to campaign against the closure of the pool – and at the time of the Brechin Advertiser going to print, it had generated more than 650 ‘likes’.
Speaking about the reason to launch the page, the woman said: “I wanted to get the topic out there a bit more. Everyone in Brechin will have something to say about the issue. I’ve had a lot great responses. Everyone has been very supportive, and people have been in touch to offer help.”
The main aim of the campaign is to guarantee the future of the paddling pool.
She said: “Even if it is costing too much to maintain, why do they not try charging £1 per child to raise money to cover the costs.”
This is not the first time that budget cuts has resulted in the paddling pool being earmarked for closure.
A report from Angus Council’s policy and resources committee in 1998 referenced the closure of the paddling pool – along with others in Angus – during the budget process for the 1997-1998 year.
The Brechin pool did not operate at all during 1997, and it was as a result of Brechin Area Forum meeting in 1998 that the wheels were put in motion for the pool’s reopening.
The woman’s next step is to set up a petition against the move.
However, in the meantime, a public meeting on the matter is set to take place this Friday (February 21) at the Bridgend Bar, starting at 7 p.m.
Anyone who is interested in helping with the campaign should contact organisers through the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/keepbrechinspaddlingpool