£500k boost at town pool

St Annes Pool is to get �500,000 from Sport England.
St Annes Pool is to get �500,000 from Sport England.
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A PUBLIC pool once threatened with closure is to get a £500,000 boost towards a massive improvement programme.

Work will start to build a new changing village and entrance, reception and spectating areas at St Annes Pool in September thanks to the funding from Sport England.

The money, announced today, comes from a pot of £10m of National Lottery funding at the charity and is being boosted by £100,000 from the pool’s owners, Fylde Coast YMCA, and £25,000 from Fylde Council.

In 2010 the pool was earmarked for closure when the council decided to axe it to save costs, but Fylde Coast YMCA then won the bid to operate it while the council maintains ownership of the building.

Speaking about the Sport England cash, Fylde Council’s cultural services manager Darren Bell said: “This is fantastic news for swimmers.

“The pool itself is in good condition, but the entrance is uninviting and the lack of a modern spectator area makes it difficult for parents to relax and watch their children.

“The existing changing facilities are not currently designed to accommodate different user groups such as schools, families, and disabled groups.

“This project will bring the pool up to the standards that the modern public expects.”

Plans of the new-look pool and reception area will be available for the public to view and comment on.

The pool will close in September and reopen once the work is complete next January when managers hope to introduce a new swimming programme with more activities to encourage swimming.

YMCA executive director John Cronin said: “This investment means we can really develop the fabric of the building and develop an enhanced swimming programme.”

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