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SOMERSET: Chard pool opening date

SOMERSET: Chard pool opening date

CREDIT: South Somerset District Council

The opening date for Chard’s new swimming pool and leisure centre is less than a month away.

South Somerset District Council has splashed out millions of pounds to build the new facility on the A358 Silver Street as part of its flagship Chard regeneration scheme.

Construction began in November 2019 and has been moving forward at a great pace over the summer as the council seeks to implement other changes to the town’s high street in a bid to attract visitors and businesses.

The council announced on Tuesday (October 12) that the new Chard Leisure Centre would open its door officially to the public on Monday, November 8.

The new leisure centre, operated by Freedom Leisure, includes a five-lane adult swimming pool, a beginners’ pool, a cafe with a children’s soft play area  and a gym with additional studios.

Councillor Jason Baker, portfolio holder for the Chard regeneration scheme, said: “The Chard Leisure Centre is one of the highlights of the Chard regeneration programme, and I am pleased to see it edging closer to being open and ready for everyone to enjoy.

“When we started the programme, we asked what the public wanted – and I am delighted to see the delivery of the leisure centre which will help to strengthen the community and make the town increasingly self-sufficient with all the services, facilities and events necessary to make it a great place to live.”

The council has invested £16.5 million into the site, with the majority of this being recouped from income from the centre once it is up and running.

Freedom Leisure will manage the centre as part of a new contract with the council, which also covers Wincanton Sports Centre, Goldenstones Leisure Centre and Westlands Sports and Fitness Centre in Yeovil.

Managing director Ivan Horsfall Turner said: “We’re excited to be nearing the opening of a fabulous leisure centre.

“The council is rightly proud of what it has created and we are ready to welcome the local community and provide them with an excellent health and wellbeing facility.”

Words: Daniel Mumby, Local Democracy Reporter

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