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Pool cash finally freed for new club after 35-year wait

By Carmarthen Journal  |  Posted: July 07, 2013

By Lee MacGregor

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CASH raised by the people of St Clears to fund a swimming pool in the town has been released after around 35 years.

The money, which has been sat in a bank account, will now be used by the newly-formed St Clears and District Watersports Association for a kayaking club.

The amount of money involved has not yet been made public, but it is expected to be considerable.

St Clears town councillors this week welcomed the news the cash had been retrieved for the community, but said it was important the people were told how much is in the kitty.

Councillor Edmund Davies said: "This is interesting because I was heavily involved at the time, collecting money for the swimming pool.

"Over the years we collected quite a considerable sum of money.

"It was placed in a current account for many years, it was later transferred to get more interest.

"It says here the account has now been closed following the transfer (to the watersports association).

"Was all the money transferred, can I ask?"

The item was raised as councillors looked over the minutes of the planning and communities group.

Councillor Graham Edwards who was at the meeting said: "There was a report from councillor (Mark) Davies that monies which had been identified years ago and raised towards a swimming pool fund had been located and recovered and that money had been placed in the newly established kayaking club

"There was, I think, a degree of relief the money had been recovered but, of course, it was outside the remit of the town council to influence what happened to it next.

"It was reported it had been recovered and it has been passed on to establish the kayaking club."

Councillor Catherine Ingleton said: "I think it would be nice to know how much money it was.

"When we were on the community association last year there was a lot of debate about it and they were having great difficulty getting the money because it has been sat there for many, many years."

Newly elected councillor Robert Phillips added that while canvassing for votes many people were asking him about the swimming pool fund.

Councillors asked Councillor Selwyn Runnett to raise the questions on behalf of the people of the town at the next community association meeting tonight.

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