Swaffham mums hail pool response

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Residents behind proposals for an outdoor swimming pool in Swaffham say there has been a positive response to their idea.

Carolyn Watts and Helen Manson unveiled their suggestion of an outdoor pool for the town in a report submitted to the town council last month.

And they are now planning to hold talks with other pool campaigners about the scheme.

Ms Watts said: “We have had some very encouraging responses.”

The issue has come back on to the agenda two years after the Swaffham and District Swimming Pool Association suspended its own campaign for a pool in the town.

Ms Watts and Mrs Manson argue that the need for a new pool has grown following the closure of the public pool in Fakenham and amid the current and future population growth within Swaffham.

Currently, the nearest public pool for Swaffham residents to use is in Dereham, 20 minutes away by road.

And they say an outdoor pool, based on similar facilities in other parts of the country, will help to reduce costs.

Town councillors gave the idea a cautious welcome when they debated it at the January meeting.

And Ms Watts said she and Mrs Manson plan to hold a meeting with association officials during the next couple of weeks. Approaches to operators of similar facilities in Cornwall and Hampshire are also being made.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the scheme, should email swaffham
outdoorpool@hotmail.com.