Derby

Court-battle swimming pool in Littleover opens

Gayton pool
Image caption The pool is the first in Derby for 25 years

A £1m community swimming pool in Derbyshire, rebuilt after a campaign by residents, has opened.

Gayton pool in Littleover was built with the help of a local association in the 1970s but was closed in 2007 by the city council over maintenance costs.

Some townspeople remortgaged their homes to take the case to court, claiming the building's lease obliged the authority to take action.

This resulted in an agreement to rebuild the facility.

Centre manager Lynda Mangnall said: "I would never have left here if the pool had not been closed down because I loved my job so much.

"To be able to come back to do virtually the same job, it was like getting my baby back, it was wonderful."

Alan Willis was one of those who risked his home to fight the legal battle.

"People had spent their time building it and the council had let it go to rack and ruin.

"I felt this was wrong and why shouldn't the council do something about it?"

Councillor Alan Grimadell said: "It is great for the area. It is the first pool that has opened in 25 years.

"I am over the moon and I'm sure all the residents of Littleover feel the same."

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