A Sports England grant of £250,000 originally offered in 2007 has been withdrawn because it wasn't being used. The grant was made to assist a prestigious judo club relocate to the Castle Vale Pool site and would have gone towards improving facilities for all users. But the Labour controlled Ward and Constituency committees who were responsible for administering and spending the grant did nothing.
Tyburn Liberal Democrat councillor Ann Holtom said: "I have been a lone voice on these committees for the last three years trying to push this agenda forward but the Labour councillors just weren't listening. Now their dithering could be the final nail in the coffin which sees our local pool close." In the mean time, Ann is in talks with the relevant cabinet member concerning possible options to save the pool from closure.