The approval for major investment in Wadurs pool in Shoreham

Water Aerobics Wadurs Swimming Pool Impulse Leisure

A thriving community swimming pool is set to be upgraded thanks to major investment by Adur District Council. Wadurs, which is Council owned and managed by Impulse Leisure, is benefiting from increased attendances and record delivery of lessons with more than 900 pupils registered in the swim school.

This is despite the facility in Kingston Broadway, Shoreham, having small cramped changing facilities which cause logistical issues for staff and visitors.

The Council had previously allocated £120,000 towards creating new enlarged changing rooms at the popular pool, which would include family-friendly and ‘changing places’ facilities.

But further investigations have shown that more investment is needed as the boiler and air handling units need replacing.

To help the pool continue to prosper and ensure the work takes place at the same time, councillors have now agreed to step in and provide extra funding to ensure the £450,000 improvements can go ahead as planned

Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said: “In the 25 years it has been open, Wadurs has proved to be a popular and much-valued resource for people across our communities.

“Releasing this funding will enable the works to place within the coming months. While there will inevitably be some short term disruption, the end result will be a much-improved facility which will offer greater opportunities for people of all ages to learn a valuable life skill and keep fit.”

Despite being popular with people from across the district, the pool – which opened in 1993 – has a congested layout which means staff have to walk through the changing rooms to access a portacabin office.

Revised plans, which were unanimously backed by the Council’s Planning Committee 9th September 2019, will see a new single-storey extension built on the site. This will include an additional changing area of 16 cubicles, two of which will be suitable for families and those with disabilities. A new office will also be created.

In a report presented to Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee this week, it was noted that a failure to fund the works could lead to the pool being closed, causing financial and reputational issues to the operators. Senior councillors were also informed the delaying aspects of the work would result in a greater total cost.

After discussing this information, councillors approved the additional funding and support for the scheme with work due to start within the current financial year.

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