School pool reopens for community use

PUBLISHED: 11:31 09 April 2013

Andy Mackie,Jim Knight,Peter Halse and Alan Simpson head teacher at Seaton primary school at the opening of their swimming pool. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhs 0364-14-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Andy Mackie,Jim Knight,Peter Halse and Alan Simpson head teacher at Seaton primary school at the opening of their swimming pool. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhs 0364-14-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Civic leaders declare Seaton Primary's £80,000 pool project a 'splash hit'

The trial opening of Seaton Primary’s school’s swimming pool for pubic use proved such a ‘splash hit’ last year it’s happening again.

But this year there will be much more on offer with the promise of a genuine community swimming pool for the town to make use of.

During the past two years the pool has been given an £80,000 makeover.

The old outdoor pool has been covered with a structure that can be opened in good weather, changing rooms and showers have been added and there is now access from the Elizabeth Road playing fields.

The project began when Seaton Primary School made a successful bid for £50,000 from East Devon District Council in 2010. This planning gain (Section 106) money was collected from developers who built new homes in Seaton to improve sporting facilities in the parish.

In all there was £75,000 available from this source and Seaton Town Council collected ideas from residents on how they wanted it to be spent. Seven different projects bid for the money and of the 500 residents who voted on them an amazing 84 per cent chose the swimming pool project.

In 2011, the school won another £14,000 in the form of a Making it Local grant and more funding for the pool project was provided from Devon County Councillor Jim Knight and the Rotary Club. Other support from Leisure East Devon helped the school reach its £80,000 target.

Headteacher Alan Simpson said he was pleased the project is now complete.

He said: “It is good to see our facilities being available and used by the community. Working with our partners we have been able to make the swimming pool a fantastic asset for the school and for everyone in Seaton and the surrounding area.”

Councillor Steph Jones, EDDC member champion for Seaton said: “Thank you to everyone that voted for their favourite sports projects back in 2010. Their views really did make a difference and have resulted in the outdoor gym in Jubilee Gardens and £10,000 towards improvements to the Elizabeth Road play area, as well as this fantastic project.”

* The school will continue to use the pool during the school day to provide swimming instruction for all the children and it will be open to the public at other times. The pool will be managed by Leisure East Devon with public sessions, events and activities and continuing through the summer and into early autumn.”

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