Monmouthshire County Council has backed a plan and agreed finances to proceed with the building of a new 25 metre pool and a completely re-modelled leisure centre in Monmouth.

 At its meeting last week (Thursday, 27th July), the council was presented with four options to deliver the project.  Three were similar but differed mainly in the project’s completion date.  The agreed decision anticipates that the leisure centre and pool will open with the shortest proposed delay at the end of next year.

 An option not to provide an alternative space to the existing sports hall for Monmouth Comprehensive School pupils to take public examinations while the leisure centre and pool are re-built was unanimously rejected.

 Councillor Bob Greenland, Deputy Leader of the Council with responsibility for the project commented: “I am very pleased members have backed our preferred option to re-open the new pool and the leisure centre in the shortest possible time.  When we began this project it was simply to provide a new pool.  Now councillors have backed our plans to provide a 25 metre pool as promised.  Designed to Amateur Swimming Association standards, it will be suitable for local galas with enhanced viewing areas and better facilities for youngsters to learn to swim.  But now we will be giving Monmouth much more than just the pool.  There will be a re-modelled leisure centre with the latest facilities and equipment.  Clearly, this will mean a longer re-build period than when we were just considering a new pool, but I am convinced the wait will be worth it.  Taken together with the adjacent school, now under construction, this massive £50 million plus investment for Monmouth demonstrates this council’s commitment not only to the wellbeing of our current generation, but of those for years to come.”

 The new centre will include more fitness and spinning suites, a spa, squash courts, a special sensory unit and an adventure play area with adjacent cafe.  In addition, a new sports hall within the adjacent new school will be shared with the school.