Funds released to refurbish South Molton Swimming Pool
More than £146,000 is to go towards plans to enhance South Molton Swimming Pool.
At a North Devon Council Executive meeting on Monday 6 June, members agreed to release the S106* funds for the project.
Executive member responsible for health and wellbeing, Councillor Brian Moores, said: “Investment in this facility is very much needed. Therefore, the release of these funds will make a huge difference and enable this vital work to take place. Modernising the changing rooms, replacing doors and putting in new flooring, ceiling and tiles are all part of the works – and although there is likely to be some disruption, we hope users, old and new, will be fully supportive of the project.”
South Molton ward member, Councillor John Moore, said: “The pool is a great facility, which is used not only by local people, but also by those in surrounding areas, including Braunton and Appledore. I’m delighted this money is to be released to further enhance the facility and improve the swimming experience for everyone who comes here, now and in the future.”
South Molton ward member, Councillor David Worden, said: “As well as a refurbishment of the pool area, the foyer and the reception area will also be reorganised as part of the project, along with some structural works to the building. This will ensure the pool will be fit for purpose, benefiting everyone who chooses to swim here, for many years to come.”
Andrea Nippe, sales director for Elan Homes Southern, said: “We’re delighted to see the funds that we’ve provided, as part of the planning agreement for our Nadder Meadow development, utilised to improve such a well-used and valued community facility. We’re pleased to be playing a part by contributing to the wider community in South Molton, particularly as we’re now building 150 much-needed new homes at our latest development in the town, The Gateway.”
The S106 money will be allocated to the South Molton Swimming Pool Trust, which owns and operates the pool. The Trust will also be putting more than £5,500 towards the project, with work likely to start in two stages during the autumn to minimise disruption to the users of the pool.
*S106 money is paid to the council by developers, as part of the conditions of planning applications. This money can only be used for things such as education, local community and public open space projects. In this instance, the S106 money has come from Elan Homes for its development near Nadder Lane.