Temporary pool is agreed by council

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A TEMPORARY pool will be built so that swimmers don’t miss out while a leisure centre is undergoing a £1.5m refurbishment this summer.

Councillors gave permission for the 6m by 18m pool to be built on Fareham Leisure Centre’s car park to allow Everyone Active, which runs the centre in partnership with Fareham Borough Council, to carry on giving swimming lessons.

The car park will see a loss of 36 spaces because of the pool, but councillors gave permission for the car park to be extended by 23 spaces to compensate.

Two residents wrote to the council to object to the temporary pool, with concerns about noise, expense and the loss of car parking spaces.

Executive spokesman for leisure Cllr Connie Hockley, said: ‘The temporary pool will ensure residents can continue to swim during the construction. It’s important to us that customers have as little disruption to these facilities as possible.’

As previously reported, the 34-year-old facilities on Park Lane are getting an upgrade including the refurbishment of the two pools, new changing rooms and a pool water filtration plant.

Work stars in the summer.