Green light for Swan Pool improvements

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Buckingham’s Swan Pool and Leisure Centre is in line for a major upgrade after an improvement plan was approved by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) cabinet last week.

Cabinet decided to proceed with a multi-million pound improvement scheme for the 17-year-old leisure centre.

It is hoped the revamp could be completed by the summer of 2015, subject to funding from AVDC’s capital programme and Sport England.

The scheme includes a remodelled entrance area with a two-storey climbing wall, an extended fitness suite, an enlarged crèche/multi-use room and an improved refreshment area.

There are also plans to extend and completely refit the wet and dry changing areas.

Work will be phased to keep as many facilities as possible open for use throughout the improvement programme.

AVDC cabinet member for leisure and councillor for Buckingham South, Howard Mordue, said: “This a tremendous investment for leisure, not just for Buckingham, but the whole of the north of the district.

“The Swan Pool and Leisure Centre was opened in 1996 and, after 17 years, is now showing its age.

“We are determined to deliver a major refurbishment of the site to ensure the leisure centre offers the very best facilities to our residents.

“One of the council’s priorities is to improve the health of our residents and an improved Swan Pool will help us to achieve this.”

AVDC has submitted a bid to the Sport England Improvement Fund for £500,000, and it should learn early in the new year if the bid has been successful.

Sports and Leisure Management (SLM) Ltd, operating under its brand name, Everyone Active, took over responsibility for the operation of the Swan Pool in Buckingham and Aqua Vale in Aylesbury on behalf of AVDC earlier this year.

The company will work alongside the council to deliver the improvement project.

Everyone Active contract manager Christine Coppack said: “We’re thrilled that AVDC has decided to embark on these works, which will modernise the centre and greatly improve the quality of leisure facilities for the local community.

“Swan Pool and Leisure Centre is a much-loved and popular facility.

“These important works will provide a fresher, more pleasant environment for local residents of all ages to enjoy and be active in.”