Figures released by the Education Minister show a long-term trend of underinvestment or financial difficulties at the southern swimming pool.

Minister Julie Edge was asked to outline what minor capital schemes have taken place at the island’s regional pools over the last 10 years by Arbory, Castletown and Malew MHK Tim Glover.

The Southern Pool, which is known to have financial difficulties, has, according to Ms Edge, spent just £19,145 on minor capital schemes since 2014, when her department took over responsibility for the regional pools.

This is less than 10% of the spend of the Western Pool, which had spent £228,817 in that time and the Northern Pool which spent £247,681 between 2014/14 up to 2021/22.

You can see what those figures were spent on below:

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that the gov would underwrite the regional pools for the next year while a review of the island’s swimming pools, including the NSC, in undertaken.

As well as being used by their communities, the regional pools, which are run by boards made up of local authority members, are also used for swimming lessons from schools.

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