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Work on new £2.4million swimming pool development in Hadleigh enters home stretch




After almost 50 years in operation, the doors are set to close on the swimming pool in Hadleigh next month, as work on its £2.4million replacement enters the home stretch.

Hadleigh Pool and Leisure confirmed the existing pool in Stonehouse Road will shut to customers on Friday, March 20, ahead of its demolition later this year, to enable the final stage of construction on new, modern swimming facilities.

The current pool has remained open during much of the development, which is being financed by Babergh District Council, with supporting grants of £200,000 from Hadleigh Town Council and £150,000 from Sports England.

Staff at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure: Abi Waller, Rachel Oxford, Lizzie Anderson, Helen Crozier and Kelly Blackburn...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (28502615)
Staff at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure: Abi Waller, Rachel Oxford, Lizzie Anderson, Helen Crozier and Kelly Blackburn...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (28502615)

But Abbeycroft Leisure stated the closure is now needed so the new pool can be connected to the plant room and a link corridor between the buildings can be constructed, although customers can still access the gym, exercise classes and community rooms during this work.

The new facilities are scheduled for completion in the summer, while the old pool, once demolished, will be relandscaped into park land.

Tracey Loynds, development director for Abbeycroft Leisure, which operates the centre, said: “The new pool at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure is coming along fantastically well, and we can’t wait for our customers to be able to enjoy the new facilities.

“This is obviously a huge project for us and the people of Hadleigh, which we hope will support the community to get more active.

“As exciting as this project is, we do understand that any closure can be a challenge for customers, so, while we bring the new pool to life over the next few months, we have put a number of measures in place to keep disruption to a minimum.”

She added that swimming membership holders at Hadleigh will be able to use the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury, and they can also upgrade their status free of charge to access gym and fitness classes for three months.

For more information, go online to www.acleisure.com.


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