New indoor pool to have corridor to leisure centre
Dartmouth’s £2m swimming pool will not be built as part of the town’s neighbouring district council-owned leisure centre.
Instead it will be a separate building, linked by a corridor.
Tone Leisure, which runs the leisure centre for South Hams Council, has welcomed the move to link the two buildings.
John Coates, chairman of Tone Trustees, said: ‘It is in everybody’s interest to see the leisure centre and the pool as one unit – even if they are separately operated.
‘Individuals and families are going to want to move freely between the pool, the gym and the sports hall.’
Dartmouth and District Indoor Swimming Pool Trust is aiming to submit a detailed planning application for the indoor pool in the new year. It is hoped work could begin in the summer and the pool could be up and running within a year of that.
Meanwhile, the pool trust and and Tone leisure have met to hammer out any differences and discuss ways the two can work together.
In a joint statement they said that while the dangers of disruption to ongoing activities during the actual building work were identified, the pool trustees had provided reassurance that they had taken these all into account.
Michael Crowson, of the trust, said: ‘All the Building Licence agreements will have clauses to resolve or mitigate the types of possible disruption Tone is concerned about and that includes everything from car parking to electricity and other services.’
The statement said that the Tone Leisure contract with South Hams Council allows for variations in the Leisure provision such as a new pool in Dartmouth, which was fully understood by both sets of trustees, and is not seen as an impediment to progress.
Andy Borthwick, another pool trustee in attendance, said: ‘We looked into these changes in a lot of detail and both parties recognise that there is no issue between them.’
The meeting also considered areas of mutual interest that ranged from arrangements for catering and cafe facilities, storage areas and even joint ticketing.
Juliette Dickinson, managing director of Tone Leisure, added: ‘We want to work with the Dartmouth and District Indoor Pool Trust. Tone is a not for profit leisure trust and social enterprise. We are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our communities.’
Sir Geoffrey Newman, chairman of the pool trust, added: ‘As a result of the meeting, together with the agreement reached with Lidl’s supermarket over boundary issues and their covenants, we are now free at last to make the formal application for full planning permission.’