Adur Council steps in to support Lancing school swimming pool project

Pupils at a Lancing Primary School will be able to swim all year around after Adur District Council stepped in with a grant to help build a roof over its pool.

The Globe School will be given in the region of £30,000 to complete the project after Adur leader Councillor Neil Parkin heard they were struggling to complete their fund-raising efforts and asked officers to investigate.

The Council had already contributed £15,000 towards the £128,000 costs of enclosing the pool.

With the promise of the extra sum, the school has now reached its target and can start planning to carry out the work.

Once complete, the pool will also be made available for local swimming clubs, other schools and the wider local community.

Cllr Parkin said: “I have been very impressed with the energy the school has put into raising this sum to ensure the pool can be used all year round helping the children stay fit, happy  and healthy.

“When I heard that a bid for the last bit of cash had fallen through I wanted to help them get over the line. It’s the least we can do because The Globe is a fine school which does a lot of good work with the children and in the community.

“The final approval to approve the money rest with our Joint Strategic Committee next week but I anticipate no problem in backing this worthy project.”

Cllr Parkin made the pledge after visiting the school in Irene Avenue with ward councillors Carol and Carson Albury last week.

Teachers and governers at the school explained that the existing outside pool at the Globe is under utilised and causes maintenance issues for the school. They added that the proposed roof would be a significant benefit to the children but would also be open to members of the community in Lancing.

Ricky Leigh, head of school at The Globe Primary, said: “Teachers, parents and pupils will be delighted to hear the news that we have finally reaching the fundraising target.

“A lot of people have been working hard for many years to make this dream a reality so we are extremely grateful to the council for helping us cross the line.

“Once complete, the pool will be an amazing asset. It is going to make such a difference for our pupils and the wider community.”

The council cash comes from a pot paid by Brighton and Hove Albion when the authority gave it permission to build the state-of-the-art training ground and academy at Lancing. Under Government rules developers must make a contribution, called Section 106 money, to community schemes in the area in which they build.

Under a formula agreed by the council, Albion contributed £1.35 million to compensate for loss of open space towards improving sports facilities in the district. The money is handed out under the stewardship of the local authority.

A report with the full details will be presented to the Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee on July 10 in Worthing Town Hall.


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