|Ashton Pool Refurbishment
Graphic of the new look pool.
ASHTON pool will temporarily close on October 12 as work begins on its £600,000 refurbishment.
Over the next few months the reception, changing rooms, small and large pool will all be transformed.
Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT), who manage the pool on behalf of Wigan Council, have apologised for the inconvenience but say this is a “golden opportunity” to develop the existing facilities that will reap long term health benefits for the community.
Wigan was eligible for a slice of the Government’s capital swimming fund because of its pioneering work in the past few years introducing free swimming for under 16s and over 60s.
On April 1st Wigan Borough became one of the first authorities in the country to offer free swimming for everyone.
Martin Eden, executive director of sport and healthy living for WLCT, said: “We appreciate this will cause disruption in the short term and we apologise for that.
“However, this is a golden opportunity to ensure the very best swimming facilities at Ashton Leisure Centre, encouraging more people to swim and improving their health as a result.”
More than £80m worth of bids were received nationally by Sport England – the awarding body - for a slice of the £25m available.
Improvements at the centre will include full refurbishment of the entrance area, modernisation of the changing rooms, full refurbishment of the small and large pool including ceiling, lighting, decoration, wall tiling and floor tiling.
The works are scheduled to be completed by March 2010.
Alternative pools to access free swimming include; Hindley, Howe Bridge, Leigh and Tyldesley.
For more information on free swimming in Wigan visit www.wlct.org/lifestyle