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PEMBROKESHIRE County Council Cabinet has supported the construction of a new swimming pool in Tenby.
The current pool was built in 1973 but has been described as “tired” and “unsuitable”.
It attracts a large number of visitors and school visits each year and is described as a ‘key local facility’ in the Cabinet report.
Tenby South councilor Sam Skyrme-Blackhall submitted a notice of motion, calling for a task force to be set up to look at preferred options for a new site.
At the Cabinet meeting on Monday September 5, she called for a “swift” review and decision.
Cllr Skyrme-Blackhall said: “It is not a question of if, but of and inevitably where. It seems strange that we are focusing on the cost of living crisis to talk about swimming pools, but we must be clear, we are not talking about luxury.
“It’s about wellness, health and fitness. The city, which will host this weekend’s Ironman for the tenth time, should not underestimate the impact it has had on focusing minds on better health or the contribution of swimming to better physical health and mental.
“We also know that a new swimming pool is needed as part of integrated health and leisure options in South Pembrokeshire.
“We also know that access to Bluestone has changed. There is a business opportunity and a chance to provide access to swim funds for residents across the county.
“We have an aging swimming pool, which is not fit for purpose and which leaks through every repair and maintenance programme.
“My concern, and the reason for the notice of motion, was that people were flying away with a range of ideas for the location of the pool and big planning exercises.
“My concern is that something happens to the existing pool while we are still talking about a location to replace it.
“We need a quick review of location options and an equally quick decision on a preferred location.”
Cabinet member Rhys Sinnett said: ‘We agree as a cabinet that a group needs to be created where we would like to see some flexibility, it doesn’t need to be politically balanced. I think looking at the local members in the southern region and around Tenby it’s politically balanced anyway, but I would ask that we keep this group tight.
Cllr Sinnett described the pool as “tired” adding that he would like to see only one option discussed by the group.
Cllr David Simpson said this issue had been “boiling” for some time, adding that forming a group was the way forward.
Cllr Paul Miller said he was “very supportive” of plans to quickly resolve the issue.