Work to start on new public swimming pool in Goodmayes
PUBLISHED: 17:42 10 March 2017
Builders will arrive in Goodmayes on Monday to start work on a new public swimming pool.
A leisure facility is being erected at Mayfield School, Pedley Road, and will include a six lane 25 metre pool with spectator seating, a multipurpose studio and a gym equipped with 40 pieces of apparatus.
The pool will be separate from the school, and accessed down Kinfauns Road.
Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said: “This is a momentous occasion and fulfils the promise I made to improve swimming provision in the Borough.
“We all know about the important health benefits of swimming and giving a chance for more people to learn and use this important life skill is something we have been striving to achieve.”
Residents have a chance to view the plans for the new leisure centre and ask questions a public meeting at the school on Thursday at 6pm.
A summary of the construction programme and the construction traffic plan during the build will be available to view.
The £5.3 million project, which includes £750,000 made available through Sport England, will begin with basic drainage works and is scheduled to be completed in spring 2018.
As well as a swimming pool the school will also have a new design and technology block built and outdoor sports courts which should be finished by December 2018.
“I look forward to inviting residents to the new leisure centre when the facility is open,” added Cllr Athwal.
“It goes alongside the work we have done to open Ilford County High School pool for public swimming lessons and revitalise the pool at Loxford School of Science and Technology so it too could be used by residents.”
Andy Rehling, Mayfield headteacher, said he is “delighted” to be involved with the project and said the build will “bring much-needed sporting opportunities to students, their families and the wider community”.
For more information about swimming in Redbridge and how to sign up for the waiting list for swimming lessons visit www.vision-rcl.org.uk.
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