Great plans for Northcroft Lido get the go ahead
A £5 million proposal to create a new 50 metre Olympic sized pool and interactive water play features for children and young people has been given the thumbs up
A proposal to ensure the future of one of West Berkshire's most loved leisure facilities, the Lido at Northcroft Leisure Centre in Newbury, was given the green light at a meeting of the Council's Executive tonight.
The £5 million proposal was given the thumbs up following extensive consultation with local people on how they would like to see their Lido developed and updated. Without this investment, the lido would have been at risk of closure as it needs important structural work.
Residents favoured the creation of a new 50 metre Olympic sized pool, which will now be developed alongside additional interactive water play features for children and young people.
There will be improved and accessible changing facilities and more changing cubicles within the grounds.
The new pool profile will enable a greater range of water based exercise to increase fitness and wellbeing. It will also allow competitive swimmers to train in an Olympic size pool.
The aim of the project is to increase the duration of the outdoor swimming season from its current ten to twelve weeks per year to a period of six months, from Easter through to September.
The investment is projected to increase usage from the current levels of 15 to 20,000 visits per annum to over 50,000 across the six month opening period. This will provide further opportunities for physical activity across West Berkshire.
"This is very exciting news! We had a great response from local people and now we're in a position to move forward with the improvement plan, making the best of this unique facility for future generations.
"Unfortunately, to achieve the plans, the pool will need to close for the 2022 summer period so that work can be completed and it can reopen, fully refurbished, for summer 2023."
The Council's Leisure Strategy for 2022-2032 was also approved at the meeting. The updated Strategy is also the result of extensive consultation with local people.
Howard Woollaston added,
"In West Berkshire, residents and visitors are able to enjoy a wide range of active leisure interests, open spaces and a beautiful natural environment. We want to be certain that these are available to, and enjoyed by, as many people as possible and that we're investing in sustainable assets for the community.
"In writing the Leisure Strategy, we have consulted with the public, including seldom heard groups, and other key stakeholders to understand leisure priorities within the district and have used this information to create a comprehensive and inclusive strategy to take us up to 2032."