A popular hydrotherapy pool in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough has been thrown a lifeline by the city council.
Councillors have identified funding to keep the facility that was due to close in April, open for a further three months.
The money, £9,000, is coming from the Community Leadership Fund (CLF) and will allow the St George’s Hydrotherapy pool to remain open for the extended period while the council works with local people to try and find alternative long-term funding.
The cabinet today (Monday 24 February) agreed to keep the hydrotherapy pool open for a maximum of two years providing funding was found from elsewhere, in particular from the NHS, and that it would not require capital investment during that period.
Councillor Nigel North, Cabinet Member for Environment Capital and on Peterborough Council said: “I am very happy that money has been found to give this popular facility a breathing space in which we will all now try to identify long term funding.
“It is a facility that provides a valuable service to a number of local people and therefore we are happy that some CLF money should be used to provide support in this way.
“We will now continue to work closely with the user group to do what we can to see how the facility might be kept open by identifying funding opportunities from different sources.
“But keeping it open in the long term will cost a considerable amount of money especially as the building is in poor condition with a current lifespan of no more than two years.
“I would also like to point out that if medical professionals wish to prescribe this service they also need to think about how they make it available.
“Similarly individuals can pay for the services themselves at a variety of different locations. In some cases individual budgets and direct payments can be used to help meet the cost of the sessions.
“In the current financial climate we are very clear that the council is not and cannot be the right organisation to fund hydrotherapy services.”