Rory visited Wigton Swimming Baths to show his support for the recently approved plans for development. Since the Trust took over the management of the baths they had become increasingly aware that the lack of dry side space had inhibited business and its potential for growth. The Trust set about plans for a ‘Loft’ development, consulting user groups and the general public in the process.

On August 1st, Allerdale Council Planners approved the plans to transform the 100 year old Swimming Baths to create a new reception area, a multi-purpose meeting room and viewing gallery. Currently spectators coming to the Baths have to sit around the pool side, the new viewing gallery which has windows overlooking the pool, will allow for a more comfortable, accessible and safe place for spectators.

The multi-purpose room will provide a space to run courses managed by the Baths, meaning that the pool will no longer have to fully close when lifeguard courses are taking place. In addition to this, the room will be available to hire for local groups as well as birthday parties. Both rooms will be accessible by lift and stairs.

The additional reception area will create much needed space for members of the public, and the tea and coffee facilities alongside the vending machines will allow for walkers and cyclists to stop in for a rest.

The swimming baths are now in the process of seeking the required funding to push the plans into reality and will be pursuing various avenues including Sport England and Lottery Funding pots.

Elaine Hudson, Swimming Baths Manager said about the approved development “These are exciting times, bring the much loved Baths into the 21st century. I am thrilled about all the positive feedback from locals.”

Mr Stewart commented “I completely support this development. The Trust has listened the needs of the community and by pushing these plans forward will see the transformation of this already fantastic asset, into a versatile space for all. I wish them the best in securing the funding and will do whatever I can to help them in this process”.

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