New South Elmsall pool to be ‘up and running’ by end of 2016

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A new £5m swimming pool in South Elmsall is expected to be open before the end of next year.

Wakefield Council is currently working with Minsthorpe Community College, where the new pool will be built, to start the process of finding a developer.

The proposed facility is subject to planning permission and contracts being finalised but Coun Les Shaw, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said they would ‘do everything we can to get the new facility up and running as soon as possible’.

And he confirmed the target date for completion is the end of 2016.

The council agreed to build the new pool in January 2014 after Minsthorpe Pool Action Group (MPAG) launched a campaign, backed by the Express, to keep a pool open in the south east.

Coun Jean Askew, who fought to save the pool with MPAG, said she was delighted at the news.

She said: “I am over the moon that it is going to happen. It is a long process and we have to get through planning but, as long as everything goes according to plan, the pool should be up and running before the end of next year, hopefully for the autumn.”

The proposed pool will be run by the college, along with its existing leisure facilities, in a deal that will see the council pay £135,000 a year towards its annual running costs. The council has also included £5m in its capital programme to fund the facility.

Coun Shaw said: “We are currently working with the college to prepare the tender and begin the procurement process.

“This type of project can often be very lengthy.”