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Independent review studied swimming facilities
6:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
The new plan is based on the recommendations of a national sporting organisation, which carried out an independent study into the area’s swimming pools.
Bradford Council commissioned Sport England to examine the district’s facilities and report back on its recommendations, as part of a wider £500,000 update of the Council’s ‘sports strategy’.
The Telegraph & Argus yesterday asked to see the final report, but Bradford Council refused, saying the report was not being made public as it contained commerically sensitive information.
But a summary of its main findings is in the agenda for next week’s meeting of the executive. These are:
- The total number of all pools across the district, including those in schools, hotels, private gyms and universities as well as public baths, is below the national average.
- Over the next ten years, the gap between Bradford’s provision and the national average will widen as the district’s population grows.
- Many swimming pools are operating at capacity.
- There is an insufficient supply of water space requiring an increase equivalent to two or three swimming pools. This could be provided as extra water space in new build pools.
- Any changes to the district’s swimming pools should consider the district’s lower than average levels of mobility.
- Preference should be given to facilities that offer greater access by foot and public transport.