Better Ross-on-Wye swim centre would "inspire more stars"

Christopher Deane outside Ross-on-Wye's existing swimming pool

Christopher Deane outside Ross-on-Wye's existing swimming pool

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ONE of Ross-on-Wye’s most dedicated swimmers believes the town should take inspiration from the Olympics when it comes to taking the sport forward.

A petition was started in Ross last October by campaigners worried that the existing pool in Red Meadow could be moved to John Kyrle High School as part of a £6 million investment to improve leisure facilities.

The council has said that discussions are in their earliest stages and there is no guarantee that any move will ever happen.

But Christopher Deane, who swims six times a week, believes a new 50-metre pool is what Ross needs.

The 69-year-old is happy with the present facilities, but sees no reason why something better cannot be built at the old Somerfield warehouse near the Labels outlet.

He said: “The facilities that are currently provided are a great asset to the town.

“But I think we should be working for something better – rather than something equal to, or poorer than, the present facilities.

“The complex I have in mind should be a first class venue for the people of this area and others from afar, not only providing swimming pools, but multi-sports facilities, a gym and studios.

“Accommodation and catering facilities would be required as an integral part of the scheme and there will be jobs for people of this area, while our schools would also benefit from such wonderful facilities which should hopefully inspire champions of the future.”

Christopher is happy for anyone to get in touch with him to discuss the plans.

You can call him on 01989 564914 or email him at chrisdeanewho@btinternet.com

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5:51pm Thu 7 Feb 13

M M says...

A wonderful idea Christopher
Firstly how do the people who don't drive get to this wonderful new swimming pool?
Secondly who is going to pay for it?
Haven't you read Hereford Council is broke and millions in debt.
Do you think we could get Lottery funding to pay for it?
A wonderful idea Christopher Firstly how do the people who don't drive get to this wonderful new swimming pool? Secondly who is going to pay for it? Haven't you read Hereford Council is broke and millions in debt. Do you think we could get Lottery funding to pay for it? M M
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6:07pm Thu 7 Feb 13

dippyhippy says...

We are broke. I would prefer money to be spent on the elderly and disabled.A new pool is nice - but not necessary.
We are broke. I would prefer money to be spent on the elderly and disabled.A new pool is nice - but not necessary. dippyhippy
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10:50pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Sanejane says...

What a fantastic idea, proper facilites to encourage young and old to participate in sport. If this centre was planned properly it would be good for the whole of Herefordshire
What a fantastic idea, proper facilites to encourage young and old to participate in sport. If this centre was planned properly it would be good for the whole of Herefordshire Sanejane
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