The Overview and Scrutiny Officer read out the following questions that had been received from Ms Evans:
1. Any data Durham County Council has on pupil’s swimming ability gathered through schools.
2. Any information Durham County Council has on how schools plan swimming lessons, and how much time a pupil might expect to spend on this activity through school. She would also be interested to know if there are any national guidelines.
3. Information on access to swimming pools by area of the County - from living in the south-west of the County, she understands that there is a plan to rebuild the Woodhouse Close pool and upgrade the Barnard Castle pool. She thinks this is part of a County-wide plan, and understands, for instance, that Peterlee pool is currently closed. She would like to know about the timetable for works, and also about any pool closures and what impact that is likely to have on children’s access to school and leisure swimming – and what mitigation is in the Council’s plans.
The Overview and Scrutiny Officer advised that the questions had been sent to the appropriate service grouping for a response and added that question 3 falls within the remit of the Environment and Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee who will be considering Leisure Transformation at a future meeting. She would ensure that Ms Evans was invited to the meeting when the Leisure Transformation was considered.