Amended pool plan is one that is affordable

Mytholmroyd Sports and Community Centre, where the new pool will be sited
Mytholmroyd Sports and Community Centre, where the new pool will be sited

After splashing out on plans for Hebden Royd’s first ever swimming pool, members say construction will still go ahead but amendments will be made to bring the build back into an affordable budget.

Plans, submitted to Calderdale Council Planning Committee for permission, have been amended to bring the escalating cost of previous plans down by £800,000.

To reduce the previous total building cost of the Royd Pool and Fitness Centre, situated on Mytholmroyd Community and Leisure Centre car park, Caldene Avenue, from £2m to £1.2m, the roof will no longer be ‘green’ and instead, will be slightly pitched and the total number of windows will be less.

Mytholmroyd Community Association committee had hoped the swimming pool, which has been in the planning for more than one hundred years, would have been open for public use by now.

It is now hoped building work will be commissioned by Elland contractors Marshall Ltd, in September.

Mytholmroyd Community Association secretary, Councillor Richard Marshall MBE (Luddenden Foot, Con), said: “This is a long sorry saga. When Hebden Bridge council offices were built in 1897, the council said there was enough land to build a swimming pool - that’s how long we have been trying to build a swimming pool.”

Mr Marshall has been on the committee since 2006 and says it’s been a long and arduous task but adds he and other committee members feel confident plans will finally come to fruition.

“With experienced Marshall contractors at the helm, I’m confident work shall go ahead.

“It’s a case of being previously let down but amendments to plans bring the project back into realistic vision,” he said.

NJSR Chartered Architects LLP architect Ian Volland said: “The roof will no longer boast planters of plants and there are minor changes to elevation treatment which will be decided in conjunction with the planning authority.

“The changes have now brought the build back into budget.

“The public will be pleased to know the floor plan is identical.”

The proposed plans consist of an approximately 850 metre squared single storey building with swimming pool, aerobics room, gym and changing facilities.

The determination date for Calderdale Council Planning Committee is September 25.