Report this comment
  • "
    Localboy86 wrote:
    gambon wrote:
    Well done Swindon Advertiser this will come to nothing and you know it why not find someone with cancer to brighten up this story
    Your about as welcome as cancer you miserable old sod! And always grump your about as funny as aids. God I wish I could block people like, I no everyone's entitled to an opinion but you guys get right on my ......
    Rather like you then!
    If you don't like the comments leave the site - as simple as that. No-one will miss you, that's for sure, certainly not your poor grammar and even worse spelling."
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

Hopes high for bringing Olympic pool to Swindon

Hopes high for bringing Olympic pool to Swindon

Hopes high for bringing Olympic pool to Swindon

First published in Sport by

SWINDON is waiting with bated breath to find out whether an Olympic pool used by the world’s top swimmers can be relocated to the Link Centre after the summer’s Games.

Swindon Council has submitted an outline proposal to the London 2012 Organising Committee to get about £1m worth of top-of-the-range equipment used in a temporary training pool, based in London.

Under the outline plans, a 50-metre pool, incorporating this key equipment, would be constructed in a new £4m 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 facility and would allow the town to host more swimming galas. However, half its floor would be capable of being tilted to reduce the water level for less competent swimmers.

Coun Keith Williams, Swindon Council’s cabinet member for leisure and strategic transport, said he suspected a decision would be made in October.

He said: “It really is a case of waiting and seeing what happens. I would hope that we stand a very good chance. Obviously we’ve got a very good leisure team, a very good sport development team here, and we’ve also got some very strong swimming clubs. So I think these are some of the things the Amateur Swimming Association will look at.”

Coun Williams said the council would have to find the money to build the pool building, probably through borrowing, but it would be more energy-efficient and cost a similar amount to run as the existing pool.

However, he said the council would not start thinking about finance for the new building and the more detailed plans until it heard about progress on the bid. In the meantime, the council is undertaking the £75,000 eight-week project to replace the tiles on the existing pool.

He said: “We aren’t going to commit to any finance before we know anything about it because there’s every chance it could come to nothing.

“It’s something we’ve looked at strategically, but no detail is going to be worked up until we know we’re actually in with a chance for it.”

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree