A new swimming pool will be built as part of a ‘state-of-the-art’ £14 million leisure centre in Kirkby.
It will be built on vacant land behind the current Festival Hall Leisure centre, which will then be demolished to make way for a car park for the new centre.
Final designs have not yet been revealed, but the scheme is expected to be approved by Ashfield District Council at a meeting next week.
The new centre, which is yet to be named, is planned to open in 2021, and is expected to feature a 25 metre pool, a new sports hall the same size as the current one, a new gymnasium, two multi-activity studios, an indoor ‘clip and climb’ climbing wall and a cinema screen.
There will also be a new ‘water space’ – a second pool built with a hydraulic floor which can be lifted or lowered to help people with disabilities or young people learning to swim.
The scheme is supported by three-time paralympic world champion Ollie Hynd MBE, who went to school in Ashfield.
He said: “To have such a high-quality leisure provision in Kirkby will be an amazing addition to the town.
“The project can only benefit the local area in terms of participation and health and wellbeing, so I hope it will breed the next generation of world champion athletes in Ashfield.”
Jason Zadrozny is the leader of the council, and represents the Larwood ward for the Ashfield Independent Party.
He said: “I’ve been banging on about this for a very long time, and this is really our top priority at the moment.
“We’ve been working on this to make sure that this leisure facility is the best it can possibly be.
“One of the things we were really keen to do was keep it as a multi-purpose hall that’s at least as big as the current one, so it can be full all the time, and that’s why we’ve included the cinema screen.
“I can’t say how delighted I am, to be just 10 days away from finally approving this. The people of Kirkby have been promised a pool for almost 100 years, and we’re now going to be able to deliver it.”