Wednesday 12 June 2002 12.45am
David as I recall the Elephant and Castle Leisure Centre( the correct title as i recall!) closed down not just because of Rats/ Cockroaches/ staffing problems, but due to the fact of such shoddy design and building practice -- it was perilous to swim there or use the building, I was told by a relation that the roof was in danger of falling in!
Which makes more sense when you think of the enormous amount of money that was invested in the building, that was how the then Council justiffied in pulling down the Grange Road
Baths , and the magnificent baths in Manor Place, and while I am at it why can not the Council re-open Manor Place?
the pools are still there but just hidden under artificial flooring - why cannot a independant building surveyor go and and investigate the possibilty of re-opening it... I think the council are just waiting until the ratepayers of Southwark have forgotten it to sell this lovely building off...I think only the dustmen and refuse department use it now...
Sorry to ramble David, but I have seen so many resources disappear drom Southwark - on the grounds of not being needed...i.e. the schools! a;; sold off......now Ken has admitted since 1989 the population has exceeded what they thought it would be.. in a few years time another SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND will move to London.
i.e. enough to populate Leeds! no schools, no swimming pools, no proper parks with Park Keepers in their brown uniforms.. no real life if you have children in fact! and as it's now quarter to one and I have to be up at 6am in the morning and my
typing is pretty erratic after too much vodka!
Night Night...God Bless......don't forget your water wings and bus pass!