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More than 100 people take a peek at Wanstead swimming pool proposals

PUBLISHED: 18:18 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:18 31 July 2018

Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal at the Wanstead Library.

Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal at the Wanstead Library.

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More than a 100 residents took the opportunity to look over plans for the new Wanstead swimming pool and leisure complex which will be built on Redbridge Lane West.

Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal at the Wanstead Library. Cllr Paul Donovan, resident Carol Pearce and Senior Project Manager Yasmin Thurgood.Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal at the Wanstead Library. Cllr Paul Donovan, resident Carol Pearce and Senior Project Manager Yasmin Thurgood.

The designs were showcased at Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road on Monday (July 30) - but don’t worry if you couldn’t make it as residents will get another opportunity to give feedback during a 12-week consultation later this summer.

Councillor for Wanstead Village Paul Donovan said he remembers when there was a little open-air pool at the school in the 1970s in what is now the car park.

He said teachers and pupils would go along for a dip or simply to sit by the pool but unfortunately, it was taken away and not replaced.

“After weeks of enduring the hot weather, I cannot be the only person in Wanstead to think wouldn’t it be nice to have somewhere local to go for a swim,” he told the Recorder

Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal at the Wanstead Library.Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal at the Wanstead Library.

“Somewhere that did not involve taking a journey on the stifling tube network. Well in Wanstead, those prayers are about to be answered, with the arrival of the swimming pool.”

Councillor Donovan said constituents have been calling for a swimming facility at “this end of the borough” for many years and when Labour took over the local authority in 2014, these wishes were made a reality.

“Swimming is vital, just for survival in life,” he added.

“Put simply if you cannot swim you may drown.

Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal at the Wanstead Library. Cllr Paul Donovan, resident Carol Pearce and Senior Project Manager Yasmin Thurgood.Plans for the Wanstead Pool proposal at the Wanstead Library. Cllr Paul Donovan, resident Carol Pearce and Senior Project Manager Yasmin Thurgood.

“Beyond self-preservation, swimming is an excellent exercise, involving many muscle groups and not causing the damage to joints and other parts of the body that other exercise can do.

“More people swimming will also mean a fitter, healthier population. A healthier population will mean less call on NHS services. It is a real win, win.

Council leader, Councillor Jas Athwal said: “We’re quickly progressing this much-anticipated election promise to give residents in the west of the borough first-class swimming facilities that are within easy reach.

“It’s important that residents’ views are considered on the pool and improvement works to the school and leisure facilities.

“A full consultation is being launched to ensure we gather the views of the community and deliver the best facilities for them.”

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