In a BBC UK report today, we read:
Swimmers across the UK have lost access to more than 60 public pools in the last three years, BBC News has found. Freedom of Information requests to UK councils revealed 65 pools had closed, either temporarily or permanently, in the three years to March 2022.
Ukactive said a lack of staff, rising energy costs and chemical shortages had created a “perfect storm” for centres. Greg Whyte, a board member at the organisation, said the closures were an “absolute health and welfare disaster”.
The body’s chief executive, Huw Edwards, said there were other health risks related to closing pools. “Two million children learn to swim in our pools every year and leisure centres provide 66% of our cancer prehab and rehab services, which clearly shows that lives are at stake if they close,” he said.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62391323
The report does not consider the adequacy of access in any of the above areas, but a quick calculation tells you that with 10 times the population, England does not have, based on 10 times the population, 10 times Scotland’s publicly funded swimming pools, 2 210, but less than half that, 987.