Tom Hunt MP (Ipswich MP) tabled an adjournment debate in parliament this evening at 20:15.
Following Levelling Up Bid disappointment Hunt states “that there remains a significant but not unachievable sum to get Broomhill over the line”.
“A shortfall of around £2.5m exists which needs government help and support”.
Hunt states that he believes that “the National Lottery Heritage Fund is “open” to increasing its contribution, and that Suffolk County Council is ready to support”.
The pool” offers benefits to physical and mental health, youth activity and aspiration in Ipswich, as well as preserving a valued heritage site”.
“Ipswich Borough Councill is the eighth least active area in the country. That 30 pools [mainly school pools] have closed in Ipswich in the last 30 years”.
Hunt states that his “constituents have an emotional attachment to Broomhill pool”. He concludes that “support from the government would speak volumes for its belief in our town and its renaissance. It would be a travesty to let it [Broomhill Pool’s restoration] slip through our fingers”.
Dr Daniel Poulter (Central Suffolk & North Ipswich MP) reaffirmed his 13 years support for the pool’s revival adding that he “hoped to secure additional [Suffolk] county council funding”.
That the “pool is held in great regard across Suffolk and is a well loved community place”. “The shortfall of around £2.5m can be made up through different sources including a bid to the government’s Community Fund”.
Dan Poulter highlighted the significance of “two members of parliament in Ipswich fighting together for Broomhill Pool”.
Responding for the government, Levelling Up Minister Dehenna Davison MP accepted an invite from Tom Hunt MP to visit Broomhill Pool “to see the beauty and potential of the lido”.
Adding “that art deco style is her favourite style of architecture”. She reiterated that “sport brings people together and delivers much wider benefits for health”.