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Saturday 19 November 2011

Nantwich Swimming Pool to get £1.4m boost

Nantwich swimming pool

Swimming and leisure facilities at Nantwich Swimming Pool are to be given a £1.4m cash boost, Cheshire East Council has announced.

A full review of the Wall Lane complex has now been completed and funding has been agreed to realise the full potential of the facility, making it fit for the future.

The money will be spent on the ageing changing rooms, showers and toilets to create a ‘changing village’ – a unisex changing area with cubicles and individual family changing rooms.

This will provide a much more modern experience suitable for all users.

There are also plans to create a new entrance and enhanced fitness facilities as well as improved roofing, paved surfaces, a new boiler, pool filters and air handling unit.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “I am delighted to say that we have agreed funds for this work, which would result in a swimming facility of which Nantwich and its people can be rightly proud.

The review of the complex focused on the building infrastructure, pool, equipment and the key improvements required to improve the customer experience and generate additional income.

“We realise it has much potential and we want to enhance the existing facilities and make them fit for the future.”

Cheshire East now plans to progress the exciting project as soon as possible and aims to work with pool users to minimise disruption during any development work. The Council has agreed the work following consultation with ward members.

Regular users are delighted with the news. Rosie Jennings, 25, of Crewe Road, Nantwich, who has been using the swimming facilities since she was a child, said: “It is really good news that there is going to be a revamp.

“The changing rooms could do with some updating. Some of the building is a bit dated as it hasn’t really changed since I came here when I was younger. This is a really positive thing for the local community.”

Stapeley resident Andrea Leach, 34, added: “It is good news that the Council is going to invest money in the pool, especially in this climate. It will be good for Nantwich.”

The Council will be keeping all relevant parties up to date as the development progresses.

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson said: “This is excellent news for Nantwich residents that will deliver a long-needed upgrade of the baths. I’m pleased that Cheshire East Council, in providing this significant improvement to local facilities, recognises the importance of our area and enhancing the town’s appeal further.

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