Ahead of a meeting between developers and Brighton & Hove City Council officials, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has called on developers to embrace the benefits of a dividable 50m pool as they draw up plans for a new King Alfred Leisure Centre.
Advantages of a dividable 50m swimming pool – with adjustable floors – include cost and flexibility. Crawley’s 50m pool is used in its 50m configuration every morning and is packed during gala situations. Alongside this, residents of all abilities, including the elderly and young children, use the flexible pool for all sorts of different purposes.
A petition backing the wishes of residents was recently drawn up in order to highlight the desire locally for first-rate, flexible facilities. Parents, young swimmers, swimming groups and sports clubs have all backed the campaign for a dividable 50m facility. Principal backers include the Shiverers Swimming Club, Amateur Swimming Association and Olympic diver Chris Mears.
Commenting, Mike said: “I hear time and again from residents that they want the flexibility of a 50m pool at the new King Alfred so it is no surprise that the petition for the 50m campaign has already received hundreds of signatures. As developers are set to meet with officials from the council, I hope that they will listen carefully to the wishes of residents and draw up plans based on a dividable, 50m swimming pool.”