Striking new features added to multi-million pound Hadleigh Swimming Pool proposals
PUBLISHED: 08:29 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:31 17 August 2018
The construction of the new Hadleigh swimming pool could start in the new year according to South Suffolk Leisure (SSL).
Babergh District Council announced back in February that over £2.5m would be invested into a new pool for Hadleigh, now a design team have addressed all the points raised during a public consultation and details of the pool have been confirmed with an anticipated opening date set for January 2020.
The pool is set to feature a sauna as well as a pool that is just under a metre deep at its shallow end and 1.8 metres at it’s deepest, allowing beginners not only learn to swim but to also dive, The new pool plans have been submitted and can be viewed online at the Babergh planning portal.
Cllr Margaret Maybury, Cabinet Member for Communities at Babergh District Council said, “This project is an exciting development for Hadleigh and its surrounding district as a new pool has been a dream of many for a long time.
“Babergh are committed to enhancing wellbeing facilities for all ages and the new pool project promotes this. We have a long way to go; securing planning approval is the first step.
“I wish all at SSL every success in their endeavours and we at Babergh are behind them every step of the way.”
The new pool is also set to include a Changing Places Toilet, a specially designed facility for those who severe learning and physical disabilities.
SSL have stated that Hadleigh has a high level of older users and hope that this facility will offer greater access to those with disabilities.
This will be the first toilet of this type in Hadleigh and it will be publicly accessible.
Cllr Peter Matthews, Mayor of Hadleigh Town Council said “This is indeed an exciting move forwards that will provide a much needed upgrade to the current facility, and ensure that our residents of all ages can use and enjoy the benefits of swimming for many more years to come.”
Peter will be keeping residents updated each month through his article in the community news. For more information on South Suffolk Leisure, visit their website here.