Council-appointed consultants are to look into whether a community-owned pool could be built in the town. The authority has appointed independent consultants Knight, Kavanagh and Page (KKP) to look into how much the scheme would cost and how it could work. (BBC News 29.5.08)
The former Blaenavon Community Swimming Pool was originally built in 1921 as an outdoor facility. A roof was added to the facility in the 1970s. Both the pool and the linked leisure centre were demolished before Christmas 2007 after suffering irreparable storm damage. A new £15m community campus, including a new school, health centre, and dry-side leisure facilities is planned for the site. However, the absence of a pool in the proposed new development has been a concern to many local residents.
KKP was appointed to provide an objective report on:
- The capital cost of building a new swimming pool in Blaenavon.
- The revenue costs of operating such a facility.
- Potential funding sources and opportunities to support such a development.
KKP has delivered an unbiased view of the true cost of developing and managing a community pool, which is now being considered by the Town Council, Torfaen County Borough Council and BLAST (Blaenavon Leisure and Swimming Troubleshooters).
This assignment required an experienced, committed team attuned to the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the study. KKP is a recognised national specialist in development of swimming pool feasibilities and business plans and has undertaken a range of projects, from community pools in multi-partner/ stakeholder settings serving key local communities through to some of the UK's major 50m pool developments.
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