“We are pleased to see the article on the heath’s ponds swimmers in last weeks edition (“Swimmers forge united front to safeguard Heath’s ponds”).
As it says , each of the three swimming ponds has its enthusiastic group of users and we are all united in our determination to keep the men’s, the mixed and the ladies’ as natural and as freely available to swimmers as we possibly can.
The proposed dams could be a threat and it is not at all clear what the legal requirements actually are that these are meant to comply with, nor the best way of meeting any such requirements once they have been ascertained.
Each pond now has its own users association and so anyone who wants to have a say in the matter should join the one that suits them.
The ponds are an unique facility for a major capital city and it is vital that we continue to preserve and cherish them, as they have been in the past.
Here are the contact details if you want to help us in our endeavor:
Mixed pond – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
men’s pond – email@example.com
ladies pond – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Rachel Douglas, Geoff Goss, Jane Shallice
Over the last few weeks two new swimming associations have been formed. Following talks with the KLPA, swimmers at the Men’s Pond organized a meeting of swimmers and established a Men’s Pond Association to represent the views of those who use the Men’s Pond. At a time when there will be discussions and proposals about engineering works and possible “refurbishment” of the changing rooms it is essential that the views of the users are clearly established.
A similar development has occurred at the Mixed Pond. A Mixed Pond Swimmers Association has been formed. Both are now represented at the Swimming Forum where the swimmers meet representatives from the City and the officers of the Heath.
These developments are very timely as the City is still to appoint the design team and a the Strategic Landscape architect. The design team would possibly in place by November / December and would start with a fundamental review of the proposals so far. This will give us the opportunity to ensure that views of each of the swimming associations will be heard.
We have said that as soon as there are any definite proposals being developed we will hold an meeting for all KLPA members.
Meanwhile , enjoy the pond. It is lovely swimming there at the moment.
Jane Shallice July 30, 2012.