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Council dives in to approve pool

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:58 22 October 2010

Swimming pool campaigners yesterday greeted with relief and delight news that planners had approved their scheme for a pool in Swaffham.

Swimming pool campaigners yesterday greeted with relief and delight news that planners had approved their scheme for a pool in Swaffham.

Members of Breckland's development control committee rubber-stamped the project without discussion after being told in a report by officers that it conformed to existing policies.

Now members of Swaffham and District Swimming Pool Association (SPA) are getting together with the local regeneration group, the Iceni Partnership, to seek funds and grants needed to pay for the £2m scheme.

The town council, which earmarked £85,000 in support of the pool, has virtually completed the purchase of the two-acre site, near the EcoTech Centre, for the 25-metre, four-lane pool and learner pool.

After hearing about the district council's decision, former SPA chairman Ivan Bubbear, who has been active in the campaign for a pool for many years, said: "I'm feeling relieved that this has gone through without any problems.

"It does now leave it open to the town council to conclude their purchase of the site, which we have been told is almost there."

He added: "That puts the challenge in the court of SPA and its supporters - and I think it is going to be quite a challenge because we need to get this moving within the next five years.

"However, I am extremely optimistic. This is, after all, a project which has a wealth of support - not just from the town but from the surrounding villages.

"We have a big membership in villages like Ashill, Holme Hale and Necton and there always has been a lot of support from the villages.

"The Iceni Partnership is also ideally placed to help us with the task we are now facing because it does fit in with the policies of these partnerships, which is to help villages as well as the towns."


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