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By Rob George 14/06 Updated: 15/06 08:30
PERDISWELL Leisure Centre has emerged as the preferred home of the city's proposed new multi-million pound swimming pool, it was revealed this week.
The site has been ear-marked after council chiefs and consultants proposed a new swimming pool be built during a meeting of the city council’s scrutiny committee on Tuesday (June 12).
Perdiswell has emerged at the top of a list of eight potential sites for the development of a new pool and leisure centre, which consultants examined.
A county-standard 25 metre, eight lane pool - which would be the only one of its type in Worcestershire - could still be considered as part of the proposals but could cost the authority between £10million and £12million.
As well as the brand new pool, fitness and leisure centre, the development could include spectator seating for 250 people, a separate learner pool, a health and fitness suite with 150 stations, a permanent crèche, two five-a-side football pitches and parking for about 350 cars
If approved by members of the council's cabinet on Wednesday (June 20), a business case and detailed proposals will be drawn up.
A public consultation process will also take place throughout the summer and into the autumn to enable residents and users to have their say on the proposals and the ageing Worcester Swimming Pool.
The Sansome Walk site would remain open during any building work on a new pool.
Coun Jabba Riaz, cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: "Our current pool is dated and tired.
"We now have an opportunity to provide a modern swimming and fitness centre, which will complement the other new city developments such as the Worcester Arena.
“There is still a lot of work to be done before a new pool can be built. We want to make sure everyone’s views are taken into consideration and that we are selecting the best option for Worcester."
The new swimming pool is expected to open in late 2015, or early 2016, subject to approval from cabinet and planning permission being granted.
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