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Permission granted for new pool at Chilton Trinity site

Somerset County Council's Regulation Committee has granted planning permission for a new pool and leisure centre to be built alongside Chilton Trinity School as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

In November 2009, a similar plan had been rejected by Somerset County Council after concerns over traffic congestion and access were raised.

The Bridgwater area has been without a public pool following the closure of Sedgemoor Splash on 30 August 2009. Sedgemoor District Council had originally agreed to not close the pool until the new one at Chilton Trinity was built, but ran out of money.

At the time councillors agreed the annual £700,000 cost to upkeep the pool was not money well spent. A report on the swimming pool said a survey of the pool found it would cost around £4m to bring the pool up to modern regulations, which would then only extend its life by five to seven years.

The move prompted anger among swimmers and other groups using Splash who now have to travel to Taunton or Burnham-on-Sea to use public facilities there.

Sedgemoor District Council is looking forward to working with partners to make sure that the new pool and adjacent leisure centre is opened as scheduled in autumn 2012.

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