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Dartmouth Pool launch just a year off

BUILDING work on Dartmouth’s £2.05m indoor pool is expected to begin shortly after Christmas, with the doors slated to open to the town by this time next year.
Final plans for the 25-metre, four-lane swimming pool and learner pool are due to be determined by South Hams Council’s development management ­committee on Wednesday.
The Dartmouth and District Indoor Pool Trust, which was set up to build and run the long-awaited community pool, now has sufficient money in place to ­construct the pool.
But a fundraising campaign for fitting it out with furnishings and equipment continues.
Spokesman Mike Mills said: ‘A huge amount of time and effort has been invested in getting the pool project to this stage.
‘At last it’s going to be a dream come true for the town, but we can’t afford to be complacent as more funds are needed to kit the pool out.
‘We’re trying to get people on board who have a longstanding connection to Dartmouth and who might want to leave a lasting ­legacy to the town with a building we can all be proud of.’
More than £94,000 has so far been raised for equipping the pool, although a further £71,450 is still required.
Mr Mills said people were being asked to become friends of the pool by buying a tile or a locker.
Another idea is having names engraved in a wave formation on glass inside the pool and there could be a competition to name the pool, he said.
‘A sizeable benefactor might even see his or her name above the door,’ he added.
‘We have a busy programme of fundraising events lined up,’ said Mr Mills, ‘but it’s still quite a ­challenge.’
He went on to say that there had been some concern in the town that the running of the pool would be a drain on the community, but said he believes it will become a viable entity.
‘A swimming pool on our doorstep will ensure the well-being of our community and ­benefit both the elderly and ­families with young children, who presently have to travel to either Kingsbridge, Paignton or Totnes for indoor swimming,’ he said. ‘It’s a great opportunity to get kids into swimming at the academy, which is particularly vital as we live on the river; and it will have huge appeal to those tourists who come to the area’s caravan sites, with spin-off for the town.

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