Loss of diving at Copthall “betrayal of Olympic legacy”

London Assembly Member Andrew Dismore has criticised the   Barnet Council report that recommends not restoring diving facilities at Copthall Leisure Centre in Mill Hill after its renovation as a “betrayal of the London 2012 Olympics legacy”

The scheme being put to the Council Policy and Resources Committee on 1st December only examines two proposals, costing £2.5 million and £4.5 million each.

Mr Dismore said:

‘When public pressure forced the Conservative controlled Council into a review of its failure to include diving facilities, the Council entered into it in bad faith. They did not want to provide diving facilities, so they deliberately provided only two unviable options. We also know they have done nothing to promote diving, and poor management of bookings has made things even harder for the diving clubs.’

‘Barnet Council always had a curmudgeonly attitude to the Olympics and their legacy but this goes even beyond that – it’s losing long established Olympic sports facilities. It’s yet another insult to and betrayal of London 2012.’