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Could Olympic pool find a home in Swindon?
8:10am Thursday 3rd January 2013 in News
SWINDON Council is still waiting to see whether the Link Centre will be chosen as the new home for an Olympic pool which was used by the world’s top swimmers during the summer’s Games.
The Adver revealed in April 2012 that the council was to bid to the London 2012 Organising Committee to get about £1m worth of top-of-the-range equipment used in a temporary training pool, which was based in London.
A 50-metre pool, incorporating this key equipment, would be constructed in a new £5m building on the site of the Link’s 3G sports pitches, which would be relocated elsewhere on the site.
The pool, which would replace the existing 25m pool, would be Swindon’s first Olympic-sized pool and would allow the town to host more swimming galas. The nearest Olympic-sized pool is at the University of Bath.
Coun Keith Williams, cabinet member for leisure and strategic transport, said: “That’s something that’s still very much up in the air. We need to consider a number of options in regards to affordability and the like and how we would like to support that. Applications are currently in for the facilities and it’s basically to be decided at this stage and hopefully we will find out in a couple of month’s time.”
Coun Williams said the Link was chosen because it has the available land.
Bernie Brannan, Swindon Council’s director for service delivery, said last year the council was working out how to pay for the costs and how the space occupied by the 25m pool could help towards this.