Kate Forbes MSP Supporting Black Isle Bid for Swimming Pool

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday August 4 2017

Kate Forbes MSP is backing plans for a swimming pool on the Black Isle so that youngsters can learn to swim without having to travel to either Dingwall or Inverness.

Earlier this week the constituency MSP met with campaigners in Fortrose as part of her summer tour.

For over 20 years locals have been trying to fundraise for a swimming pool, but thus far have been unable to secure enough money to make the project viable.

With a population increase thanks to new housing, a bid by the Black Isle Swimming Pool Foundation was resurrected earlier this year. 

Their ultimate goal is a community-owned swimming and health facility, meeting its annual costs from income.

Kate Forbes MSP said:

“If children on the Black Isle want to go swimming for pleasure, or more importantly, to learn how to swim, then they have to travel to Inverness or Dingwall.

“That is an hour-long return trip for busy parents, never mind the costs of fuel due to the lack of public transport.

“Fortrose has a leisure centre, but it really should have a swimming pool.

“I was pleased to meet with the group who are pushing hard for a swimming pool in Fortrose, and I have promised to support them in any way that I can.

“I’d encourage anybody else who wants to be involved to get in touch with me or the organisers.”



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