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Bridgwater swimming pool plans get go-ahead

Entrance to Sedgemoor Splash
The Bridgwater area was left without a public pool after Splash closed

Revised proposals for a new swimming pool near Bridgwater have been given the go-ahead.

The pool and leisure centre will be built alongside Chilton Trinity School as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

Last November a similar plan was rejected by Somerset County Council after concerns over traffic congestion and access were raised.

It is hoped the pool will be open in the autumn of 2012.

'Modern regulations'

The Bridgwater area had been without a public pool after Sedgemoor Splash closed on 30 August

Sedgemoor District Council had originally agreed to not close the pool until the new one at Chilton Trinity was built, but ran out of money.

At the time councillors agreed the annual £700,000 cost to upkeep the pool was not money well spent.

A report on the swimming pool said a survey of the pool found it would cost around £4m to bring the pool up to modern regulations, which would then only extend its life by five to seven years.

The move prompted anger among swimmers and other groups using Splash who now have to travel to Taunton or Burnham-on-Sea to use public facilities there.

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