Valerie raises proposed closure of Walsall Gala Baths in House of Commons

Speaking in the House of Commons, Valerie said:

“May we have a debate on the Olympic legacy? Walsall has the only brine swimming pool in the west midlands, which is used for hydrotherapy and general fitness. Walsall also nurtured Ellie Simmons, the Paralympic champion. However, the Gala baths are threatened with closure. May we have an urgent debate on how to protect these vital community services?”

The Leader of the House replied:

“I cannot offer time at the moment, but we attach the greatest importance to the Olympic legacy, which Lord Coe is pursuing actively. We committed to the legacy as part of our Olympic bid, and I hope it will be as successful as the Olympics and Paralympics themselves. As regards securing a debate, I suspect that the hon. Lady might like to get together with other colleagues with a view to making representations to the Backbench Business Committee.”

Valerie said:

“it is a year for the Olymics London 2012 we celebrated the success of Paralympic Gold Medal winning swimmer Ellie Simmonds. At a time when we should be looking to secure the long term sporting legacy of London 2012, the Council’s decision to cast doubt on the future of Walsall Gala Baths is extraordinary. The Baths are valued by many of my constituents for its health benefits.