Fitness first in £3m pool plan
A state-of-the-art £3million swimming pool and fitness complex could be built in the village of Welton.
The 25-metre pool, complete with gym and changing rooms, will be built on land belonging to William Farr School.
The ambitious facility would be open to the public as well as school pupils.
It will feature a hydro-therapy treatment facility with steam and sauna rooms.
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The Lancaster Community Development Project team is managing the scheme and the group aims to submit planning application to West Lindsey District Council by the end of the year.
If approved, the project is expected to be fit for purpose by the end of 2015.
Committee member and local councillor Malcolm Parish told the Echo: "This is such an exciting project.
"We are making real progress now and it will make a tremendous difference to the local area.
"It will help economically, of course, but more than that is the long list of facilities it will provide the community – and for all ages. It will be a particularly good leisure facility for young people who want to lead a fit and healthy life.
"When I was a kid, the population of Welton was about 300.
"It is now 5,000 so there is a real need for this.
"We have had huge support from local residents, with almost everyone saying they would use it when it is up and running.
"These are very exciting times indeed."
The complex will also have a bar, cafeteria and meeting room.
It will stage lifeguard training sessions and manage a range of lessons, including swimming and aerobics.
It comes after residents in Welton and Dunholme held a public meeting to explore the possibility of a new swimming pool complex in 2010. After overwhelming support the Lancaster Community Development Project Committee was formed.
The group was named in honour of the Lancaster Bomber which was based on the proposed site of the new swimming pool during the Second World War.
Andrew Stones, head teacher at William Farr School, said: "We are delighted to be able to support the Lancaster Project.
"It is vitally important that not only our students but the whole community and surrounding areas can benefit from such an exceptional facility."
Construction company Gelder Group is also involved in the project.
Managing director Steve Gelder said: "We are proud sponsors and feel that it will bring much-needed sports and recreational facilities to the area."
If planning permission is granted, the committee will apply for grant funding.