Eight-lane pool is number one choice

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An eight-lane swimming pool would be the most important feature of a new district leisure centre planned for Ely.

It feature in 63 per cent of the responses to a public consultation in which more than 160 residents took part.

They also liked the range of sports facilities available all in one place and a number highlighted the location of the building as easily accessible. The design of the building was supported by most of the feedback and a number of respondents said they wanted the pool to have more spectator seating.

The comments will go before members of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s commercial services committee today as they discuss the progress which is being made on the project.

Ahead of the report, site investigation works have started at the proposed location of the district leisure centre at Downham Road in Ely which are a key part of assessing the ground conditions and engineering requirements for building the new centre.

Committee chairman Cllr Richard Hobbs, said: “The latest figures from Sport England made sobering reading for all of those who want the legacy of London 2012 to be an increase in participation in sport. The research showed the number of people actively taking part in sport had fallen – swimming, which is one of the most popular activities, has seen a big decline nationally over the last six months.

“Work by this council to bring forward a development of a brand new eight lane swimming pool and leisure centre is therefore vital.” The centre, which will be part of a leisure village on the A10 aims to meet demand for leisure facilities in the district for the next 25 years.