Guest columnist: ‘Swan Pool revamp an example of investing in the future’

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Howard Mordue. 140128M-B128 ENGPNL00120140128131211

In these difficult times, you could be forgiven for thinking that Aylesbury Vale District Council spends much of its time making savings.

Of course, balancing the books is essential given the huge funding cuts we’re facing from central government.

However, if we do not invest in the future there could be serious long-term consequences.

We know we must continue to create a district where people want to live, work, visit and thrive.

The multi-million pound refurbishment of the Swan Pool and Leisure Centre in Buckingham is a fantastic example of this.

We are determined to deliver a major revamp of this now tired, but ever popular facility, which opened in 1996.
Plans for the new-look centre – which is being funded by both a £500,000 Sport England grant and the council’s capital programme – include remodelling and enlarging the changing village and creating a separate dry side changing area.

There are also plans to increase the size of the gymnasium, modernise the reception and pool spectating area, introduce a multi-use activity area and install a new climbing facility.

It’ll be a leisure centre that’s more than fit for the 21st century and one for residents of all ages to enjoy.

It’s expected that construction work will start on site this January, subject to planning permission, and that the project will be complete less than a year from now!

The Swan Pool isn’t the only leisure facility in Buckingham to benefit from our investment.

Other examples include a grant of more than £35,000, awarded through our New Homes Bonus Fund, to pay for the new multi-use games area in Bourton Park.

A lot of hard work has gone into these investment projects and we are confident that they’ll prove to be fantastic additions to Buckingham, which will help ensure a prosperous future for the town.

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