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Temporary swimming provision

Council considers options

Test Valley Borough Council has confirmed that it will provide temporary swimming facilities while the new Andover Leisure Centre is being built.

On 24 February 2017, borough councillors voted to arrange temporary facilities for 14 of the 18 months while the existing pool is closed.

Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “We have been investigating the options for temporary swimming facilities since we announced the preferred contract bidder in November. We have listened to concerns from residents and acknowledge that the closure of the swimming pool will affect many groups, clubs and individuals. A planning application has been submitted to erect a temporary pool at Shepherds Spring Lane car park, and we are continuing to examine alternative options as well. If no viable alternative options are identified by the time a planning decision on the temporary pool is made, and if that decision is favourable, the Council will proceed with the temporary pool.”

The Council’s Northern Area Planning Committee will consider the application in due course.