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Plans for Olympic pool approved

Plans for an Olympic-size swimming pool for Birmingham have been given the go-ahead.

The 50m pool will be built at a cost of £60m on land close to the National Indoor Arena in the city centre.

A city council spokesman said the council had ambitious plans for swimming pools with work starting on another pool in Harborne next year.

There have been complaints about the lack of Olympic-sized swimming facilities in Birmingham.

Last year, swimming coach Dave Marsh, who trained Paralympic gold-medallist Eleanor Simmonds, said she had been training in Swansea, Wales, as there were no 50m pools in the West Midlands.

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