Swimming pool scheme to be expanded

John Anyon 30/4/14 18145858 Worcester Swimming Pool car park (5783761)

John Anyon 30/4/14 18145858 Worcester Swimming Pool car park (5783752)

First published in News

WORCESTER could get a bigger and better swimming pool after all after councillors voted to approve plans to widen the scope of the scheme.

Although Worcester City Council had previously voted to go ahead with plans for a six-lane pool at Perdiswell – smaller than the existing one in Sansome Walk – at a meeting on Tuesday, July 30 the Conservative-run cabinet gave the go-ahead to investigate the possibility of instead creating a bigger and better facility.

Council leader Cllr Simon Geraghty said he felt it was important the pool that was built was the best it could be.

“We want the pool Worcester deserves,” he said.

“I don’t feel the option on the table is delivering that.

“We want a very short period of time just to make sure the option we’re going forward with is the best one because we going to be living with this for 40 years.”

Councillors had previously agreed to refurbish and extend Perdiswell Leisure Centre to create a new pool to replace the facility at Sansome Walk.

Although Liberal Democrat member Cllr Liz Smith asked the cabinet if they were making the decision for political reasons, she was assured this was not the case.

But she said she was firmly in favour of a bigger pool.

“I don’t think there’s anyone on this council who doesn’t want to see a new swimming pool,” she said.

Cllr Chris Mitchell said it was important for the city to have a swimming pool.

“While the pool we have at the moment suffices it’s on its on its last legs,” he said.

Officers will report back to a meeting of the full council in September.

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10:33pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Slobbin says...

Why don't they negotiate with the trustees of the Citizens' pool? Presumably that pool is cheaper to run due to the hot spring. Maybe the two bodies could work together to rebuild it, I'm sure a deal could be reached that would protect the citizens' interests.

Does anyone know why this is not on the cards?
Why don't they negotiate with the trustees of the Citizens' pool? Presumably that pool is cheaper to run due to the hot spring. Maybe the two bodies could work together to rebuild it, I'm sure a deal could be reached that would protect the citizens' interests. Does anyone know why this is not on the cards? Slobbin
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7:43am Thu 31 Jul 14

Northerngirl1954 says...

You can't beat the old out door pool at Sansome and the old School Gala days where all schools took part against each other happy days !
You can't beat the old out door pool at Sansome and the old School Gala days where all schools took part against each other happy days ! Northerngirl1954
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11:11am Thu 31 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

Northerngirl1954 wrote:
You can't beat the old out door pool at Sansome and the old School Gala days where all schools took part against each other happy days !
parks's puddle. a hour of hypothermia . those were the days'
[quote][p][bold]Northerngirl1954[/bold] wrote: You can't beat the old out door pool at Sansome and the old School Gala days where all schools took part against each other happy days ![/p][/quote]parks's puddle. a hour of hypothermia . those were the days' liketoknow
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3:51pm Thu 31 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Slobbin wrote:
Why don't they negotiate with the trustees of the Citizens' pool? Presumably that pool is cheaper to run due to the hot spring. Maybe the two bodies could work together to rebuild it, I'm sure a deal could be reached that would protect the citizens' interests.

Does anyone know why this is not on the cards?
Hot Spring? I understood it was gas from the nearby Sewage Works that was used to heat it.
[quote][p][bold]Slobbin[/bold] wrote: Why don't they negotiate with the trustees of the Citizens' pool? Presumably that pool is cheaper to run due to the hot spring. Maybe the two bodies could work together to rebuild it, I'm sure a deal could be reached that would protect the citizens' interests. Does anyone know why this is not on the cards?[/p][/quote]Hot Spring? I understood it was gas from the nearby Sewage Works that was used to heat it. New Kid on the Block
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9:39pm Thu 31 Jul 14

moonpig says...

It is the sewage works that heats Lower Wick pool! I would love for them to build a fun swim centre with slides and wave pools as it would bring people from all around to visit. We went to one in Barnsley recently and it was so popular we had to queue for 20 minutes before we could get in.
It is the sewage works that heats Lower Wick pool! I would love for them to build a fun swim centre with slides and wave pools as it would bring people from all around to visit. We went to one in Barnsley recently and it was so popular we had to queue for 20 minutes before we could get in. moonpig
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