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New swimming pool will be built in Wanstead within the year

PUBLISHED: 13:12 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:12 25 October 2017

Wanstead High Street. Picture: Ken Mears

Wanstead High Street. Picture: Ken Mears

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Building work on a new swimming pool in Wanstead will begin within a year, Redbridge’s Labour administration has said.

Speaking at a Local Forum meeting at Wanstead House Community Association on Tuesday, council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said the “first spade will be in the ground” in the next 12 months.

The plans will be put to cabinet and the local authority is hoping Sports England will contribute to the cost.

Although the location of the pool has not been confirmed, Cllr Athwal said it would be about 250 metres from where he was sitting, in The Green, Wanstead.

“Pools provide an inclusive hub for our community helping the health and wellbeing of our residents,” he explained.

“The Conservatives left our borough with one pool and we will be completing our first term in administration with Goodmayes pool built by March, public use of Loxford and Ilford County School pools and this one on the way”

“We are rebuilding our borough after years of neglect, rebuilding facilities that were closed down and saving others like libraries and gyms, all of which bring people together.”

The leader said that even with government cuts, the council is still being “innovative with funding and listening to residents’ needs.”

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