A PETITION has been launched by a community group hoping to rescue Lightwaves from closure.
Next Generation Youth and Community Project’s petition can be signed at local shops, including Lightwaves Fisheries, and online.
The group submitted an asset transfer bid to Wakefield Council last Monday, in the hope they could take over the running of the Marsh Way leisure centre.
The council previously announced that Lightwaves would close next summer, when a new £10m swimming pool at Sun Lane is set to open.
Sports groups have spoken out in support of Next Generation’s bid, claiming the new Sun Lane facility will not cater for their needs.
Project manager Mohammed Ayub said the swimming pool at Lightwaves would still have to close but that the space would be used for other sports activities.
He said: “If our bid is successful, we will develop plans to have ‘extreme activities’ in this part.
“We will use the ‘dry side’ of the building to offer a base for sport, leisure, social and much-needed community activities, in partnership with the council and other organisations.”
Mr Ayub said that with the London Olympic Games approaching, there was more of a need than ever to protect sporting facilities.
He said: “By keeping Lightwaves open we want to ensure that future generations of Wakefield people will still have great sporting and leisure opportunities.
“We hope people will join our campaign.”
To sign the petition online, log on to www.ipetitions.com/petition/keep-lightwaves-open