Council still on track for swimming pool decision this summer

Worcester News: New swimming pool decision for Worcester: this summer New swimming pool decision for Worcester: this summer

A CRUNCH decision over whether or not Worcester will get a new swimming pool is on track for this summer, it has emerged.

The city council's Labour leadership says it expects to be able to either agree a multi-million pound plan in June or scrap it altogether.

It has scotched rumours the project is becoming less and less likely by saying talks are still alive which could see a supermarket built at Perdiswell to help fund a new pool.

Your Worcester News can also reveal how a report could be published in April spelling out the options available to the council.

The council wants to demolish the current leisure centre in Perdiswell and build a new one on adjacent land by 2016.

Two options have been looked at, for either a £13.5 million eight-lane pool or a scaled down, six-lane facility costing £10.7 million.

Back in November the Labour leadership revealed it would concentrate on the six-lane version amid fears the bigger facility has an unaffordable £5.2 million funding gap.

But even that is thought to hinge on whether the council can secure what it calls "enabling development" from a third party, like a supermarket, to fund some of the costs.

Worcester City FC Supporters' Trust also wants Perdiswell to become home to a new stadium, sitting alongside the new centre.

Councillor Roger Berry, cabinet member for health and well-being, said: "Consultants are working on a detailed assessment of the site and we hope there might be a report available in April which will tell us our options.

"The intention is to take it to the council for a vote in June, it's on my agenda and we are still on schedule.

"Clearly, the revenue will be the deciding factor because as a council, we're being pressed to reduce our revenue budgets for the next couple of years.

"We also still want to accomodate the football club."

Under the proposals, once built the existing pool at Sansome Walk would be closed down, demolished and sold for development.

The existing Perdiswell leisure centre would also then close.

Councillor Adrian Gregson, city council leader, said: "We are still on track and hoping we can take it to council in June."

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11:38am Tue 11 Mar 14

Marant says...

If they're going to do it, do it properly and make it a competition standard pool. Anything else is false economy.
If they're going to do it, do it properly and make it a competition standard pool. Anything else is false economy. Marant
  • Score: -1

11:41am Tue 11 Mar 14

denon says...

How many competition size pools are there in the country...they are unaffordable in terms of heating cost and capital cost
How many competition size pools are there in the country...they are unaffordable in terms of heating cost and capital cost denon
  • Score: 7

12:26pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Hwicce says...

If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it.

The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster.
If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it. The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster. Hwicce
  • Score: 16

12:31pm Tue 11 Mar 14

liloliluk says...

It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything.
It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything. liloliluk
  • Score: 4

12:42pm Tue 11 Mar 14

CJH says...

Is there absolutely no reality check for this council? They blunder on regardless. Roll on elections...
Is there absolutely no reality check for this council? They blunder on regardless. Roll on elections... CJH
  • Score: 2

1:03pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Marant says...

Hwicce wrote:
If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it.

The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster.
How many have you asked? :)
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it. The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster.[/p][/quote]How many have you asked? :) Marant
  • Score: 1

2:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Mike A W says...

How many people will you lose moving the pool out of the centre of Worcester, out of walking distance?

I prefer the lane based swimming pool personally, fun pools are great but useless if you want to swim for exercise.

As Hwicce wrote, let Sport England pay if it is to be a competition pool. In the current economic climate if this creates additional jobs then that's great, especially with the new supermarket idea.

All in all nothing has been decided yet, I look forward to seeing the outcome though.
How many people will you lose moving the pool out of the centre of Worcester, out of walking distance? I prefer the lane based swimming pool personally, fun pools are great but useless if you want to swim for exercise. As Hwicce wrote, let Sport England pay if it is to be a competition pool. In the current economic climate if this creates additional jobs then that's great, especially with the new supermarket idea. All in all nothing has been decided yet, I look forward to seeing the outcome though. Mike A W
  • Score: 2

2:50pm Tue 11 Mar 14

newike says...

What is the point of closing a perfectly, fairly modern sports centre if a new pool is built ? Can this council only think in terms of new pool, new sports centre. Surely the pool could be built alongside the sports centre thus saving a huge amount of money. Thirty years ago my children all had to travel to Wolverhampton or Coventry to take part in county swimming championships. This year my grandchild has to travel with Worcester swimmers to Wolverhampton. What a joke ! No vision, no common sense . Already the council has reduced opening times for other Worcester sports centres, they cannot possibly pretend they want to give us a better swimming future. We might end up with a closed Perdiswell Centre and no new swimming pool. At the worst possible solution, a few million spent on the city pool to stop the many leaks, repair the awful seating, clean up the changing rooms and restore the diving pool might help. .
What is the point of closing a perfectly, fairly modern sports centre if a new pool is built ? Can this council only think in terms of new pool, new sports centre. Surely the pool could be built alongside the sports centre thus saving a huge amount of money. Thirty years ago my children all had to travel to Wolverhampton or Coventry to take part in county swimming championships. This year my grandchild has to travel with Worcester swimmers to Wolverhampton. What a joke ! No vision, no common sense . Already the council has reduced opening times for other Worcester sports centres, they cannot possibly pretend they want to give us a better swimming future. We might end up with a closed Perdiswell Centre and no new swimming pool. At the worst possible solution, a few million spent on the city pool to stop the many leaks, repair the awful seating, clean up the changing rooms and restore the diving pool might help. . newike
  • Score: 0

5:34pm Tue 11 Mar 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Hwicce wrote:
If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it.

The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster.
This Citizen of Worcester would use a swimming pool but not a play pool.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it. The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster.[/p][/quote]This Citizen of Worcester would use a swimming pool but not a play pool. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: -4

9:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Paul Griffiths says...

liloliluk wrote:
It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything.
Maybe, but if the Department for Transport allocates funding to Worcestershire County Council for the southern link road, I think they'd be a bit alarmed to discover that the money had been used by Worcester City Council to build a swimming pool instead.
[quote][p][bold]liloliluk[/bold] wrote: It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything.[/p][/quote]Maybe, but if the Department for Transport allocates funding to Worcestershire County Council for the southern link road, I think they'd be a bit alarmed to discover that the money had been used by Worcester City Council to build a swimming pool instead. Paul Griffiths
  • Score: 4

10:05pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Guy66 says...

Marant wrote:
Hwicce wrote:
If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it.

The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster.
How many have you asked? :)
All of them by the wide sweeping statement!
[quote][p][bold]Marant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it. The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster.[/p][/quote]How many have you asked? :)[/p][/quote]All of them by the wide sweeping statement! Guy66
  • Score: -2

10:06pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Guy66 says...

liloliluk wrote:
It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything.
That's called fraud!
[quote][p][bold]liloliluk[/bold] wrote: It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything.[/p][/quote]That's called fraud! Guy66
  • Score: 1

11:58pm Tue 11 Mar 14

CJH says...

Paul Griffiths wrote:
liloliluk wrote:
It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything.
Maybe, but if the Department for Transport allocates funding to Worcestershire County Council for the southern link road, I think they'd be a bit alarmed to discover that the money had been used by Worcester City Council to build a swimming pool instead.
It's a pity the Dept of Transport isn't alarmed by the council spending all that money on a scheme which the actual road users think is the wrong thing to do.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Griffiths[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]liloliluk[/bold] wrote: It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything.[/p][/quote]Maybe, but if the Department for Transport allocates funding to Worcestershire County Council for the southern link road, I think they'd be a bit alarmed to discover that the money had been used by Worcester City Council to build a swimming pool instead.[/p][/quote]It's a pity the Dept of Transport isn't alarmed by the council spending all that money on a scheme which the actual road users think is the wrong thing to do. CJH
  • Score: 1

8:31am Wed 12 Mar 14

Hwicce says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
Hwicce wrote:
If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it.

The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster.
This Citizen of Worcester would use a swimming pool but not a play pool.
They've got two, Sansome Walk and Lower Wick.

What we haven't got is a fun pool.
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: If its to be a competition pool then let Sport England fund it. The Citizens of Worcester would much prefer a fun pool like Malvern or Kidderminster.[/p][/quote]This Citizen of Worcester would use a swimming pool but not a play pool.[/p][/quote]They've got two, Sansome Walk and Lower Wick. What we haven't got is a fun pool. Hwicce
  • Score: 14

12:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

barbourne-worcester says...

liloliluk wrote:
It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything.
liloliluk please get your facts right before posting; highways are the responsibility of the County Council, the new pool City Council... two completely seperate organisations
[quote][p][bold]liloliluk[/bold] wrote: It's a shame they couldn't have used some of the £38 million that they're spending by the Ketch to fund the new swimming pool, instead of spending it making road alterations that won't actually achieve anything.[/p][/quote]liloliluk please get your facts right before posting; highways are the responsibility of the County Council, the new pool City Council... two completely seperate organisations barbourne-worcester
  • Score: 3

3:57pm Wed 12 Mar 14

ideas4all says...

Why bother spending all that money during times of cuts ,I mean you already have two adequate swimming pools .do u really need competition size pools for very few ppl who are never really going to win anything .if they really want to train they should be willing to travel further a field or just wait for the next floods .everyone should be happy they get to swim for free and save the tax payer from contributing towards this indulgance
Why bother spending all that money during times of cuts ,I mean you already have two adequate swimming pools .do u really need competition size pools for very few ppl who are never really going to win anything .if they really want to train they should be willing to travel further a field or just wait for the next floods .everyone should be happy they get to swim for free and save the tax payer from contributing towards this indulgance ideas4all
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Lew Smoralz says...

The whole swimming pool project leaves me with a feeling that we are not being given the full facts.

Firstly, how much do the council anticipate getting from the sale of the development land following the closure of the Sansome Walk pool? That must be a really valuable piece of real estate with it's close proximity to town.

Secondly, why are we not looking at building all of the projects being mooted for Perdiswell as one single complex, with a single car parking facility. That alone should save many millions, as well as making the project more attractive to its future users. Golf, gym, swimming and football in one complex would be quite amazing.

There are too many unanswered questions about this whole scheme for my liking.
The whole swimming pool project leaves me with a feeling that we are not being given the full facts. Firstly, how much do the council anticipate getting from the sale of the development land following the closure of the Sansome Walk pool? That must be a really valuable piece of real estate with it's close proximity to town. Secondly, why are we not looking at building all of the projects being mooted for Perdiswell as one single complex, with a single car parking facility. That alone should save many millions, as well as making the project more attractive to its future users. Golf, gym, swimming and football in one complex would be quite amazing. There are too many unanswered questions about this whole scheme for my liking. Lew Smoralz
  • Score: 7

10:23pm Thu 13 Mar 14

moonpig says...

One thing is sure - the current Sansom Walk pool either needs replacing or a MAJOR refurb. I visit regularly with my school and it is absolutely vile. I am so glad I don't have to get into the water. The changing rooms have an overwhelming smell of urine, half the cubicles either don't have doors or the locks are broken. The ingrained grime on all the floors is stomach turning. When you actually get to the pool it is no better. I once counted EIGHT discarded plasters around the edges of the main pool and toddler pool. Along with the hair floating on the surface and the unidentified dirt on the bottom it really is a disgrace. I don't really care where the pool is built or how many lanes it has as long as we get something that is clean and useable.
One thing is sure - the current Sansom Walk pool either needs replacing or a MAJOR refurb. I visit regularly with my school and it is absolutely vile. I am so glad I don't have to get into the water. The changing rooms have an overwhelming smell of urine, half the cubicles either don't have doors or the locks are broken. The ingrained grime on all the floors is stomach turning. When you actually get to the pool it is no better. I once counted EIGHT discarded plasters around the edges of the main pool and toddler pool. Along with the hair floating on the surface and the unidentified dirt on the bottom it really is a disgrace. I don't really care where the pool is built or how many lanes it has as long as we get something that is clean and useable. moonpig
  • Score: 4

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