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RESIDENTS have welcomed plans for a new swimming pool – and say it can’t be built soon enough.

People living in the western wards of Fareham got the chance yesterday to look at details of the leisure centre planned for the site of the former Coldeast hospital.

The ideas were welcomed by people living in Warsash who say they are long overdue.

Dave Gasser, who runs the Victory Hall, on Warsash Road, where the consultation was held, said the proposals were great.

‘I think the plans for the swimming pool are brilliant and long overdue,’ he said.

‘It will be good for the area and the people who live here because at the moment we have to travel to the other leisure centre near the town centre.

‘Looking at the design proposals for the facilities though, they look super. It is great.

‘But we do need to get it built quickly and open soon. We need to get it done.’

A planning application for the swimming pool will be put in next month.

If approved, it is hoped construction will start in the spring of next year with the pool expected to open by the summer of 2016.

Denise Wrigglesworth, from Warsash, also went to the consultation.

She said: ‘It is welcome news that a leisure centre is finally being proposed for the area and that we can have a look at the design and features.

‘I like that they are keeping the green aspect of the land and there will be access for cyclists too.’

As well as the 25m swimming pool, the site will also have a gym, dry and wet changing areas, a dance studio and a spin room for classes.

Outside the centre, there will be a multi-use games area, two football pitches, an allotment and green spaces including a woodland, pond and meadow.

Councillor Connie Hockley, executive member for leisure and community at the council, said: ‘These exciting plans will give people the chance to see a new leisure centre with a pool, gym and dance studio.

‘But also football pitches, changing areas and play facilities.

‘We want to make sure the designs meet the needs of everyone so we are urging anyone interested to come along to the consultations.’

A second consultation is being held tomorrow at Brookfield Community School, in Brook Lane, Sarisbury Green, from 1pm until 3.30pm.