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SWT identifies land for new swimming pool in Minehead

26 January 2022 : Council news, Community, Sport and leisure

Somerset West and Taunton Council is taking the first step to secure a new swimming pool for the West Somerset community.

The Council will hold a parcel of land at the junction of Bircham Road and Seaward Way in Minehead to accommodate a leisure facility including a swimming pool.

The joint decision made by Executive Member for Assets, Cllr Marcus Kravis, and Executive Member for Sports and Leisure, Cllr Derek Perry, is a formal mechanism to ensure the land is held, subject to necessary permissions and due process.

Cllr Kravis said: “There has been considerable local interest in the provision of new community swimming facilities in West Somerset for some time and we are committed to doing what we can to help deliver a new pool in Minehead.

“Setting aside suitable council-owned land now will ensure the way is paved for future delivery of a new pool as we prepare to move towards a new council for Somerset.”

The Council do not currently have a role in swimming pool delivery in West Somerset.

Cllr Derek Perry, Executive Member for Sports and Leisure, said: “There has been considerable local interest in a replacement facility since the closure of the former West Somerset Council swimming pool in Minehead in 2008.

“We are aware that there are aspirations within the community to create an outdoor lido or sea pool in the area. Our decision to set aside land for an indoor pool which would provide family friendly, year round temperature-controlled swimming, is supportive of the ambition for swimming in the town.

“As well as addressing the local desire to see a new swimming pool in Minehead
this move is in line with our corporate objective to encourage healthy lifestyles and maximise access to health, sport, recreation and cultural facilities.”