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Plans for Wanstead swimming pool revealed

PUBLISHED: 15:59 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:59 25 July 2018

Designs for a pool, dance studio and gym will be shown. Picture: PA

Designs for a pool, dance studio and gym will be shown. Picture: PA

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The designs for the new Wanstead swimming pool are about to be unveiled.

Redbridge Council is giving residents a sneak peek at proposals for the leisure facility which will be built at Wanstead High School, Redbridge Lane West.

It is inviting interested parties to come along to a drop-in event at Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road on Monday, July 30 between 2pm and 8pm.

As well as a new community pool, the plans for a new dance studio, and improved teaching facilities will be revealed.

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.

“Once completed, this new pool, improved school and leisure facilities will encourage more people to take part in a physical activity to better their own health and I’m keen to showcase these early proposals.”

The drop in session is “one of many events” lined up to gather the public’s initial thoughts on the proposed designs.

A full 12-week public consultation will begin at the end of summer to give people the opportunity to comment on the planning application.

Designs may be modified as a result, and the council said it estimates the building work will begin later this year.

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

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

The leader first announced the project at a Wanstead Local Forum meeting in October 2017 and said the first spade should be in the ground within a year.

The local authority hopes to fund the pool with contributions from Sport England, with the remainder of the funding coming from internal capital and borrowing at a preferential rate.

In time the venture should be self-sufficient with the running costs being balanced by the admission fees, making the project “cost neutral”.

Wanstead councillor Shelia Baine previously told the Recorder: “This is great news for local people, who now won’t have to travel miles to have a swim.”


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