Have your say on £8.4m new Tameside pool plans
Friday 15th November 2013 @ 09:00 by Max Wieland

Denton and Dukinfield swimming pools could be demolished under plans by Tameside Council to build a new £8.4m  aquatics centre.
In an online proposal people are being asked to share their views through a ‘Conversation Survey’ before December 16.
The proposal comes after it was confirmed the two separate swimming facilities are reaching the end of their lifespan.
The new aquatics centre would primarily serve the communities of Denton, Dukinfield and Audenshaw but it is likely that the new facility will also draw in visitors from further afield too.
It would see a main eight lane pool, a small pool with moveable floor, a 100 station fitness suite, two dance studios, a spectator gallery for 150 people and car parking spaces for 175 vehicles.
Such facilities would allow the centre to be a key local competition venue for schools and clubs across the borough.
Cllr Lynn Travis, Tameside Council’s executive member for health and neighbourhoods, said: “The aquatics centre represents a tremendous opportunity which would allow us to tap into the spirit of London 2012 to help bring through the next generation of Olympic swimmers.
“If approved, the complex would be the biggest sports centre in the borough and among the many facilities there would be a gym and an eight-lane pool with seating for spectators. This would allow us to stage school swimming events – something we have wanted to do for many years. There would also be a much greater capacity for swimming lessons.

“It’s true this project would mean closing the pools in Denton and Dukinfield, but both places are old and in need of considerable investment. The new aquatics centre would be state of the art and we would be looking to locate it in a place convenient for the people of both towns.
“However, I have to emphasise that nothing has been decided yet. If the centre is built it would have to be commercially viable. I would encourage anyone with an interest to have their say through the Big Conversation on the Tameside Council website.”

You can view the proposal at: http://www.tameside.gov.uk/tbc/neighbourhood/aquatics