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Redbridge Mayor opens borough’s newest public pool at Loxford school

PUBLISHED: 13:50 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:47 25 July 2016

Council Leader Jas Athwal, Redbridge Mayor Gurdial Bhamra and Cabinet member for civic pride Ross Hatfull attended the official opening of the new public pool at Loxford School of Science and Technology

Council Leader Jas Athwal, Redbridge Mayor Gurdial Bhamra and Cabinet member for civic pride Ross Hatfull attended the official opening of the new public pool at Loxford School of Science and Technology

James Burns

The borough’s newest public swimming pool is set to open to the public after a £4.5m refurbishment.

The 25-metre pool at Loxford School of Science and Technology was opened by Redbridge Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra on Tuesday afternoon.

As well as a full overhaul of the four-lane pool, extensive improvements were made to the facility’s new-look changing rooms.

Loxford School headteacher Anita Johnson was thrilled at the end product.

She said: “So many people have put so much effort into pulling this off and it’s amazing that we’ll now be able to offer this pool not just to our students, but to the wider community.”

Redbridge Council contributed £1.7m to the project, and apart from a £150,000 grant from Sport England the school funded the rest.

Council Leader Jas Athwal praised the co-operation that made the new pool possible.

He said: “It’s really good to see a strong partnership come together to get things done and help the local community.

“When we were in opposition we pledged to get the borough a new public pool, and this is now our second. It’s wonderful.”

The pool will also be used to make swimming a more inclusive activity in Redbridge.

Cabinet member for civic pride, Cllr Ross Hatfull, said: “It’s wonderful to have this facility to be able to offer single sex swimming pool sessions for women that, for religious reasons or to feel more comfortable, don’t want to swim with men.”

The pool is expected to open to the public on Monday July 25 and will be open from 5.30pm-10pm on weekdays and from 9am-6pm at the weekend.


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