Thursday, 23 September 2010

Temporary Swimming Pool Opened on 13 September 2010

A Swimming Pool, and Swimming Lessons, with the Financial Help of Brent Council (Barnhill Ward
Swimming is a sport that Brent's young people would like to do more often, according to a survey. Brent has only two public swimming pools in the borough. Chalkhill and its surroundings does not have a nearby pool.

Vacant land next to Chalkhill Primary School was considered suitable for a temporary swimming pool, and at the end of July, go-ahead was given. Construction of the pool has begun, and it is expected that in early September it will be open for everybody to use.

The Chair of Governors of the Chalkhill school approached Councillor Shafique Choudhary, and asked for help towards meeting some of the school's costs for the pool. Because of the low take-up of swimming amongst local residents, based on the distance from such facilities, and concerns amongst ethnic minorities and religious groups, other councillors were then approached. After consultation with Brent Neighbourhood Working Team, councillors are convinced with aims and usefulness of the project and give wholeheartedly support and appreciate the efforts of all those involved.

The objects of the swimming pool project are these:

  • Swimming lessons for all
  • Single sex swimming sessions
  • Mother and Toddler/nursery swimming sessions
  • Lessons for 13-19 year old.
The temporary pool will be used by Chalkhill Primary, as well as other local primary schools. In the evening and on Saturdays, the pool will be available for the community to learn to swim for a small fee (£12 for a six-week course for children, £15 for a six-week course for adults).

The activities in the area where the swimming pool is being set up will be moved to Poplar Grove Youth Centre, subject to some conditions.

As we approach the Olympics in London in 2012, we have obtained some extra sporting facilities in Barnhill ward!


Chalkhill Primary School

Barnhill Road, Wembley, Middx, HA9 9YP
Telephone: 020 8904 4508
Fax: 020 8904 1227
Head teacher: Ms Rose Ashton
Ward: Barnhill-Brent


  1. Fantastic - it is a wonder what a caring council can do for residents

    Richard Harrod

  2. It's ironical that the day after Seb Coe visited the Chalkhill Swimming Pool the Evening Standard revealed that Chalkhill were likely to be the last school to have a temporary swimming pool for at least the time being. London Swimming need £250,000 funding to match that from the GLA. The two pools are to be moth-balled from January 2011 until funding is found. £250,000 is not such a large amount split between the six boroughs that share the pools - is there anything Brent Council can do to help? The kids and local community have had a wonderful time at the pool - it would be a shame if others lost out on the opportunity.