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Free swimming deadline
is approaching MP warns
Worcester’s Labour MP Mike swimming charges for over-
Foster now wants swimming 60’sandunder-16’s.
tobefreeforyoungandold. “There are at least two
Hismoveisoneofanumber chequeswaitinginWhitehallfor
across the UK as local thecouncilifitagreestodoit.
authorities are being reminded “Somychallengetothemis
that the deadline for the toshowsomeambitionandgo
Government’s free swimming forit.
programmeisfastapproaching. “Following our fantastic
Foster has written to performanceattheOlympics,
Worcester City Council Chief why not encourage would-be
Executive David Wareing to Olympians by offering free
“remind” him the deadline for swimming for all under-16’s
local authorities to sign up to in Worcester?”
CaraTerra refurbishment
the Government’s free The Government’s
swimming programme is announcement on free
approaching. swimmingwasinitiallymetwith
Mediterranean style
The Government some cynicism amid fears it When Dianne and Tim Kelleher paving we were sold on it
announced the £140m wouldnotbeproperlyfunded. decided their pool area needed instantly. Itisatopendproduct
initiative earlier this summer, However,thefundingdetails a revamp they decided to opt and not cheap but we feel it is
giving local authorities until have since been announced for a Mediterranean feel by extremely good value and the
mid-September to decide andwererecentlydescribedas finishing the project using qualityissoapparent.
whether to drop charges at being “fair to town halls” by CaraTerrastonework. “We had the work done in
localswimmingpoolsforover- the Local Government TheKellehersfeelthedecision early spring so that the pool
60’s and under-16’s, and so Association, which represents to use CaraTerra for the pool would be ready for use in May
secure tens of thousands of councilsacrossthecountry. surround was vital in achieving and it took around 4 weeks for
poundsoffunding. Concerns remain, the aesthetics for the pool area. thewholejobtobedone. Sadly
Mr Foster said: “There has however, that funding has “We wanted a fresh clean look the summer has not been to
never been a better time for only been confirmed for the so that even on a relatively dull kind to us this year so we have
the city council to scrap first two years. day the pool area would appear seen rain lashing down on our
light,brightandcheerfulandwe lovely new paving far too many
feel we have got exactly that,” times but it still looks great and
saysDiKelleher. has stayed looking very clean
Royal Commonwealth Pool
“Ourpoolis9mx4mandthe despitetheweather.”
surround covers a 40sq metre
in Edinburgh ”goes solar”
area so there was a fair bit of
stoneworktobelaid. Whenour
Solar panels are to be installed Manager at Changeworks, the buildershowedustheCaraTerra
on the roof of the Royal Edinburgh-based sustainable
Commonwealth Pool in development organisation,
Edinburgh. added: “Swimming pools are big
The flat black panels will energy-users so solar heating is
New high profile pool for London’s South Bank
cover an area bigger than a definitely the way forward, London’s South Bank is to get offer alternatives to those at
championship tennis court and especially with rising fuel prices a new 25 metre eight lane risk of obesity, gang culture
cutthepool’swater-heatingbills and the need to cut carbon swimmingpool. and unemployment.” CSCB
byathird. emissions. The Coin Street Community expectsthisnewleisurecentre
The work is set to be carried “This move is to be Builders’ proposals for a new willattract576,000visitsayear.
out as the pool undergoes a commended – it’s exactly the development on London’s Theschemewillalsoinclude
£37m refurbishment starting typeofgreenenergyprojectwe South Bank have been the development of a town
nextJune. needtoseemoreofinthecity.” approved by the secretary of square linked to Waterloo
The panels will pay for The pool’s revamp will bring state,HazelBlears. Bridge, 329 new flats and
themselves within 10 years by it up to the required standard The plans for the 144m tall possibly a new university
cuttingthepool’senergybill. for hosting the diving Doon Street Building, which facultybuildingaswellasthree
The solar power will provide competition in the 2014 will be built on a derelict site, studios, designed by Allies &
enough hot water for showers Commonwealth Games. includes a 25m, eight-lane Morrison Architects, for the
and sinks but not enough to The work is expected to see swimmingpool,alearnerpool, RambertDanceCompany.
keepthepoolswarm. the flume tower at the back of a 120-station gym, two multi- The scheme has had a
It will potentially save around the pool demolished. The use studios and a four-court wealth of support, including
64 tonnes of C0
from entering flumeswereremovedin2002. sportshall. Lambeth Council, the
theatmosphereeveryyear. The main 50-metre swimming Iain Tuckett, Group Director Southbank Centre, the Mayor
City sports leader councillor pool is due to be extended by of Coin Street Community of London and many leading
Deidre Brock said: “We want to 1.5 metres and will have a Builders, said: “The scheme is architects, but the plans were
develop the facility into a top- special boom so that it can be not just about radically opposed by English Heritage,
quality water sports hub for the split into two 25-metre pools – improving the environment of which claimed the
city while reducing the carbon allowing various different the South Bank but also development would adversely
footprintofthebuilding.” activities to take place at the delivering vital facilities which impacttheLondonskyline.
Stuart Hay, Energy Futures sametime.
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