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Refurbishment work starts at Shap Swimming Pool

[S]hap Swimming Pool committee have announced that after 3 years of hard work, planning and fundraising, work started this week on a £100,000 refurbishment project to upgrade facilities at the UK’s highest open air heated swimming pool.

The amenity of the pool will be significantly improved. The new facilities will include the addition of a new entrance with disabled/family changing area. The old wall will be replaced with smart new modern fencing, and the surrounding paved areas will be greatly improved by the provision of a rain shelter. A refurbished baby pool area will provide shelter and a pleasing recreational space for little ones to play.

The work has been funded by grants from Sport England, Shap Parish Council, the Second Chance charity shop and other fundraising activities around the local community.

The building work will be carried out by local builders Cox and Allen of Kendal who’s team started on site on Monday 12th February.

Funds are still being raised to make improvements to the pool fabric and for the provision of a slide. The pool committee are also currently looking for members of the public who would like to join the committee, act as trustees, or undertake paid work as lifeguards for the upcoming season. If you think you can help please get in touch at [email protected] or call Bev on 07512 466172.

The feasibility work was greatly assisted by Ben Cunliffe Architects. Founder Ben said: “Ben Cunliffe Architects are proud to be associated with the improvements to Shap Pool. This is an important local asset for the people of Shap and beyond, and we hope that it will continue to be a great place to swim for many years to come.”

Beverley Gee, Chair of the pool committee said “the pool committee extend their sincere thanks to Sport England and all our local supporters and volunteers who have helped us achieve such a brilliant milestone. Without this work we would have had to close the pool this year. Now we can look forward to our local families and 3,000 visitors a year having many hours of fun for years to come.”

Local MP, Rory Stewart MP, said: “Shap Swimming Pool is a true community asset which benefits so many people, and I’m thrilled it has been awarded this grant from Sport England for its renovation, which will ensure its long-term survival and allow the community to enjoy it for many more years to come. I want to thank Second Chance Charity Shop and Shap Parish Council who have also provided funding for this important facility, and I must congratulate the committee who have worked extremely hard to make the Swimming Pool such a great success.”

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