A second public meeting is set to take place tomorrow evening to discuss the future of Ships and Castles leisure centre.

Falmouth Needs a New Swimming Pool action group is organising a meeting at the Princess Pavilion at 6pm on Tuesday, October 19.

This follows a public meeting on Saturday held in the Atherton Suite in the Old Post Office Building to try and find a way forward in having a proper swimming pool in the town.


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Currently the company contracted to run the site GLL has told Cornwall Council it can no longer afford to run four centres in the county, including Ships and Castles.

Campaigners want to stop the site on Pendennis Headland from being sold off to developers by Cornwall Council without a pool to replace the facility for the wider community.

Ideally campaigners would like to see a new pool created within the existing building.

Cornwall Council has launched a consultation that ends on October 31. Cabinet will meet on December 15 to make decisions on the futures of the four threatened centres, with possible closures on April 1.

The action group is looking for ideas to generate more income at the site and ideally someone to come up with a business plan to run it.

Other groups involved include the Ambos Land Trust which is looking at sources of funding and The Falmouth Area Community Voice group which is holding its own public meeting to discuss the way forward on Wednesday, October 20.

It is described as a community meeting "to share views in a light and human way, in order to start to form an organised community response to the challenge of S&C"

They say the meeting is facilitated "entirely independently" of local government and organisations with links to planning and development.

"Everyone is welcome to attend, no matter your background, it's just that this meeting will be led by the community for the community," says the invite.

"Guest speakers will share their knowledge of these processes in plain language, so as to educate us all so that we are better able to make informed decisions."

The meeting runs from 7pm to 9pm at Falmouth Town A F C Social Club