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Swaffham's new swimming pool approved but campaigners not satisfied

Despite Breckland Council approving a new swimming pool in Swaffham, the mayor and campaigners are continuing to strive for a public pool.

The town council's Planning Committee heard this week that a pool has been approved for 23 Turbine Way in the town.

No-one voiced any concern at the committee meeting in Swaffham yesterday afternoon.

Applicant Karen Bromley is a fully-qualified swimming teacher who said the pool will be for supervised lessons and other water-related activities.

She also said it would not be open to the general public like a leisure centre.

However, mayor Jill Skinner said she is continuing to "fight for a pool" in Swaffham in addition to this new application.

She said: "The decision to approve Mrs Bromley's proposal was never in contention with regard to Swaffham Council as we are pleased to see anything leisure-wise in Swaffham.

"However, this is a tiny private pool, certainly not meant for swimmers and general public use.

"We are continuing our fight for a pool here and hope eventually Breckland will support this in principle even if it's not money wise.

"Not supporting in principle meant any backers which we had, could not take anything forward which was very disappointing notwithstanding deflating."

Mrs Bromley previously told the Lynn News the pool is a small, above-ground pool with changing rooms, a waiting area and space for child-related activities.

Mayor Jill Skinner said she is continuing to "fight for a pool" despite the application for Turbine Way being approved
Mayor Jill Skinner said she is continuing to "fight for a pool" despite the application for Turbine Way being approved

A spokesperson for the Campaigning for a Swaffham Swimming Pool group said the proposal does not meet their demands.

They said: "We are very clear that what the people of Swaffham want is an accessible public swimming pool and so that is what we are campaigning for.

"This planning application will not alter that."

Ed Colman, who represents Swaffham at both county and district council level, said: "It's important we differentiate between a private planning application and community leisure facilities.

"A private planning application has been made on Turbine Way and that's a matter in its own right and a matter I don't feel the need to comment on.

"Looking more broadly at Swaffham's leisure facilities, my colleagues and I on Breckland District Council recognise the need for improvements and are awaiting the results of work carried out last year looking at the feasibility of options to improve the town's leisure offering.

"This isn't about anyone fighting anyone, I'd welcome the chance to work with anyone in the town to create improved, feasible and sustainable leisure provision in the town."

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