New Sun Lane swimming pool delayed

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THE opening of the city’s new £10m swimming pool has been delayed.

Council bosses told the Express in June that Sun Lane Leisure, on Sun Lane, would open in September.

But yesterday they confirmed that it would not be ready and that they were now aiming for an October launch.

Andy Wallhead, corporate director for regeneration and economic growth, said: “A date has not yet been set for the opening of Sun Lane Leisure, but it will be announced once it is known. We are hopeful it will be in October.”

The swimming pool at Lightwaves will remain open until Sun Lane opens.

After that, the Lightwaves pool will close and the centre will be transferred to the Next Generation Youth and Community Project.

Mr Wallhead said the council would provide temporary staff at Lightwaves to help with the transfer.

He said: “To help with the transition the council will be providing some staff support during October while Next Generation complete their own recruitment.”

Next Generation project manager Mohammed Ayub urged groups to come forward and use Lightwaves so that the centre remains viable.

He said: “We need to get the message out that if people don’t use it, they’ll lose it. We need people to come forward and use the space so that we can keep the project going.”

Sun Lane will include a 25metre six-lane pool, a learner pool, a fitness suite, a multiuse activity studio, spectator viewing area and public café.

And Next Generation are hoping to turn Lightwaves’ pool area into an extreme sports arena.