'We need more swimming pools' says sports review

MAKING A SPLASH: Dolphin swimming poo

MAKING A SPLASH: Dolphin swimming poo

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AT least one new swimming pool is needed in Bournemouth and Poole to meet demand from current and future customers.

A review of sports facilities in both towns has concluded that three additional 25m lanes will be needed in Poole by 2026, along with up to six additional lanes in Bournemouth.

It recommended that, by 2026, a new six to eight lane swimming pool is built in Bournemouth and a four-lane pool in Poole.

There is also unmet demand for artificial grass pitches, a shortage of badminton courts, a need to improve rugby pitches and a need to protect existing cricket grounds and pitches, according to the review.

It confirms the condition of the Dolphin Swimming Poole building will need to be addressed and that Slades Farm, King’s Park and Meyrick Park could benefit from improvements and new facilities.

The review, which went before Bournemouth council’s cabinet on Wednesday, stated all pools in Bournemouth and Poole were “now operating above ‘comfortable’ capacity for club and community use.”

New sites accessible to central Bournemouth will now be sought and there is also a possibility the LeAF Academy will build a 50m swimming pool at their Oak Campus. Active Dorset and Bournemouth council representatives will work with the academy to see if this could be opened up to the community.

Cllr Lawrence Williams, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The Bournemouth and Poole Sports strategy has been developed to ensure that we continue to provide high quality sports facilities in the town.

“Adults in Bournemouth are amongst the most active people in the South West and we want to encourage even more people to enjoy the diverse range of sports available. The council will look to work with a number of partners to achieve the overall aims of the strategy.”

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7:47am Mon 2 Jun 14

Markmag says...

A need for a new swimming pool accessible from central Bournemouth? How about the former IMAX site, or the underused Solent hall at the BIC?
A need for a new swimming pool accessible from central Bournemouth? How about the former IMAX site, or the underused Solent hall at the BIC? Markmag
  • Score: 14

8:37am Mon 2 Jun 14

High Treason says...

I thought there was one at the BIC. Ooops Cllr Beesley closed it down to make more money for his back door company BH Live.
I thought there was one at the BIC. Ooops Cllr Beesley closed it down to make more money for his back door company BH Live. High Treason
  • Score: 11

9:19am Mon 2 Jun 14

Fingersonthem says...

Markmag wrote:
A need for a new swimming pool accessible from central Bournemouth? How about the former IMAX site, or the underused Solent hall at the BIC?
Dont talk daft a swimming pool on the old Imax site what a crazy idea
[quote][p][bold]Markmag[/bold] wrote: A need for a new swimming pool accessible from central Bournemouth? How about the former IMAX site, or the underused Solent hall at the BIC?[/p][/quote]Dont talk daft a swimming pool on the old Imax site what a crazy idea Fingersonthem
  • Score: 5

9:39am Mon 2 Jun 14

MikeGB says...

The caption on the Dolphin photo states Dolphin Swimming Poo. Perhaps an upgrade of hygiene should be a priority before building new pools?
The caption on the Dolphin photo states Dolphin Swimming Poo. Perhaps an upgrade of hygiene should be a priority before building new pools? MikeGB
  • Score: 10

9:48am Mon 2 Jun 14

Fingersonthem says...

High Treason wrote:
I thought there was one at the BIC. Ooops Cllr Beesley closed it down to make more money for his back door company BH Live.
I do believe you have put the finger on the wrong man.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: I thought there was one at the BIC. Ooops Cllr Beesley closed it down to make more money for his back door company BH Live.[/p][/quote]I do believe you have put the finger on the wrong man. Fingersonthem
  • Score: 5

10:15am Mon 2 Jun 14

Vikki27 says...

I agree there should be at least one more swimming pool, but it should have more adult friendly swimming times. I live in Bournemouth and the only swimming pool with full access for adults before 9pm is in Broadstone, where it costs almost £5. Who wants to go swimming at 9pm? And for my husband and I to swim it costs over £10, once you factor in the petrol. Ridiculous!
I agree there should be at least one more swimming pool, but it should have more adult friendly swimming times. I live in Bournemouth and the only swimming pool with full access for adults before 9pm is in Broadstone, where it costs almost £5. Who wants to go swimming at 9pm? And for my husband and I to swim it costs over £10, once you factor in the petrol. Ridiculous! Vikki27
  • Score: 3

10:55am Mon 2 Jun 14

master plan says...

I was recently working in Maidstone Kent and as a keen swimmer I wanted to go for a swim. I stumbled across the swimming pool in mote park and I was amazed not only was there a 25m pool there was a fun pool with slides as well as 2 teaching pools and a diving pool I ended up going for the 3 nights while I was staying there. I think local authority's should use this as a blue print best pool I've swam at in the uk!
I was recently working in Maidstone Kent and as a keen swimmer I wanted to go for a swim. I stumbled across the swimming pool in mote park and I was amazed not only was there a 25m pool there was a fun pool with slides as well as 2 teaching pools and a diving pool I ended up going for the 3 nights while I was staying there. I think local authority's should use this as a blue print best pool I've swam at in the uk! master plan
  • Score: 5

11:41am Mon 2 Jun 14

Sameb1 says...

Build it, the commuinty will use it , build some 3g 11 aside pitches whilst your at it, the NGBs and the lottery should help fund these as well. Bournemouth & Poole should lead the way in health for its residents we have a beautiful area we should have world class faciliries for locals and tourists. The Dolphin centre is so out of date its not a nice place to go
Build it, the commuinty will use it , build some 3g 11 aside pitches whilst your at it, the NGBs and the lottery should help fund these as well. Bournemouth & Poole should lead the way in health for its residents we have a beautiful area we should have world class faciliries for locals and tourists. The Dolphin centre is so out of date its not a nice place to go Sameb1
  • Score: 5

12:13pm Mon 2 Jun 14

BmthNewshound says...

If Bournemouth Council can afford to spend £3.3m tarting up the pier approach and have enough money to support its blank cheque approach to Boscombe regeneration then it can afford to build a decent swimming pool.
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Its about time Beesley started putting the residents of Bournemouth before the profits of developers. Rather than sell off all the town centre car parks to property developers why not use one of them to build a quality leisure centre with swimming pool - The Winter Gardens would be an ideal site, plenty of space for a leisure centre, parking, outdoor space and easily accessible by public transport.
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Chances of this happening - zero. Too many people with their noses in trough profiteering from dodgy deals to sell off the towns assets on the cheap.
If Bournemouth Council can afford to spend £3.3m tarting up the pier approach and have enough money to support its blank cheque approach to Boscombe regeneration then it can afford to build a decent swimming pool. . Its about time Beesley started putting the residents of Bournemouth before the profits of developers. Rather than sell off all the town centre car parks to property developers why not use one of them to build a quality leisure centre with swimming pool - The Winter Gardens would be an ideal site, plenty of space for a leisure centre, parking, outdoor space and easily accessible by public transport. . Chances of this happening - zero. Too many people with their noses in trough profiteering from dodgy deals to sell off the towns assets on the cheap. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 6

5:38pm Mon 2 Jun 14

QUEENBODACIA says...

IMAX SITE FOR OUTDOOR POOL AND CHILDRENS PLAY AREA PADDLE POOLS BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!I
NDOOR ALL YEAR ROUND POOL FOR BIC TO SUIT LOCALS AND TOURISTS ALIKE BECAUSE LETS FACE IT THE LOCALS DONT GET MUCH IN RETURN IN THEIR LIFESTYLES IN BOURNEMOUTH ONLY OVER CROWDED TOURISM TIME TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO US LOCALS THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IMAX SITE FOR OUTDOOR POOL AND CHILDRENS PLAY AREA PADDLE POOLS BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!I NDOOR ALL YEAR ROUND POOL FOR BIC TO SUIT LOCALS AND TOURISTS ALIKE BECAUSE LETS FACE IT THE LOCALS DONT GET MUCH IN RETURN IN THEIR LIFESTYLES IN BOURNEMOUTH ONLY OVER CROWDED TOURISM TIME TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO US LOCALS THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! QUEENBODACIA
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Mon 2 Jun 14

M0Z says...

Good grief. There’s a massive free swimming zone just south of Bournemouth. People use it every day of the year. You might need a wetsuit in February, but the supermarkets are currently selling them at a discount. My council tax should not be wasted building a swimming pool next to a glorious beach. Get a grip!!
Good grief. There’s a massive free swimming zone just south of Bournemouth. People use it every day of the year. You might need a wetsuit in February, but the supermarkets are currently selling them at a discount. My council tax should not be wasted building a swimming pool next to a glorious beach. Get a grip!! M0Z
  • Score: -6

8:08pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Lewcee says...

Public Pools are notorious for not making a financial profit - here in Poole we have been lucky enough to have had the old open air Pool in the Park, and then the Dolphin Pool, which is now about 40 years old. It is clean, the water is well managed, and if you choose your time, there is plenty of room. Invest in a Membership Card, and enjoy access to the pool and the Gym at a fraction of the cost of the Commercial Fitness Gyms, none of whom have a pool to match the Dolphin's. The Pool operate a "Managed Maintenance" system, which means that everything gets done in the end. I also swim in the Sea, but not until the temperature goes up in August and September. Unfortunately, in these straightened times, you need £ millions to build a Swimming Pool of moderate size, and an EuroMillions Win for an Olympic Pool. Happy Dreams!
Public Pools are notorious for not making a financial profit - here in Poole we have been lucky enough to have had the old open air Pool in the Park, and then the Dolphin Pool, which is now about 40 years old. It is clean, the water is well managed, and if you choose your time, there is plenty of room. Invest in a Membership Card, and enjoy access to the pool and the Gym at a fraction of the cost of the Commercial Fitness Gyms, none of whom have a pool to match the Dolphin's. The Pool operate a "Managed Maintenance" system, which means that everything gets done in the end. I also swim in the Sea, but not until the temperature goes up in August and September. Unfortunately, in these straightened times, you need £ millions to build a Swimming Pool of moderate size, and an EuroMillions Win for an Olympic Pool. Happy Dreams! Lewcee
  • Score: 0

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