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Dartmouth Swimming Pool bosses hoping to avoid VAT bill

Dartmouth swimming pool bosses are hoping to dodge a massive £341,000 tax bill by persuading the district council to become the front man for their £2.5m pool project.
And the VAT pool bosses save will ensure there is no cost cutting when it comes to building the town’s new indoor swimming pool.
If South Hams Council puts its name to the huge contract to build the pool, then it will be able to claim back all the VAT on the scheme which would otherwise go to the Treasury.
Now the Dartmouth and District Indoor Pool Trust has begun talks with the district council and formally requested that it becomes the official ‘constructor’ of the pool.
Trust chairman Sir Geoffrey Newman: ‘The trust would continue to project manage the pool as we always intended to do but if South Hams Council becomes the constructor it means that the council will be able to recover all the VAT.’
The county council is already contributing £1.5m towards the pool project, South Hams Council is contributing the site next to the town’s leisure centre and Dartmouth Town Council has pledged £250,000 towards the project.
But pool trustees fear that building costs are rising and Sir Geoffrey added: ‘We want to ensure that the pool will work well for the community and is not subject to any cost cutting that might reduce this and make it less attractive.’
The pool trust is currently involved in putting together a detailed tender which will go out to potential building contractors.

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