Council report signals significant progress towards the development of a new state of the art Wellbeing Hub for Clackmannanshire as well as priority plans for interim swimming arrangements for children and families in the area. A Council meeting on 21 October will consider the plans.
The report provides detail on how a shared vision is emerging of an inspiring facility that will improve the quality of life and health outcomes for communities across Clackmannanshire. Partners across sectors, as well as the public, have been contributing their ambitions, aspirations and suggestions.
In addition the report recognises the importance of making swimming provision available for all while the major development is completed. Proposals to hire a 25m temporary pool, with 6 lanes, sited in Marshill Car Park in Alloa will be considered. This could be in place as early as the summer of 2022 if all planning, supply and procurement arrangements are achieved. This would allow for Learn to Swim programmes and officers are also considering how swimming lessons for all P5 school children could be resumed.
Both the Interim Pool and the Wellbeing Hub are part of significant transformation activity underway in Alloa as part of the Council’s Be the Future Programme.
Councillor Craig Holden, Environment & Housing Spokesperson, said:
“Councillors will be provided with an update on the tremendous progress being made by our officers to deliver Clackmannanshire’s wellbeing hub and have an opportunity to approve plans for a state of the art temporary swimming pool while the wellbeing hub is being progressed. We have listened to the feedback from groups and individuals throughout Clackmannanshire and are now in a position to move to the next stage.
These are exciting times for everyone involved and our key priority is to make sure that we deliver the kind of leisure and wellbeing facilities that work for all of our residents, at every stage of their lives. That is why we are also seeking Council approval for officers to bring forward proposals for the re-introduction of swimming lessons for all Primary 5 school pupils.
This is a key moment for the future of leisure and wellbeing provision in Clackmannanshire and I hope that Councillors will take this opportunity to show that we have a shared vision and are committed to delivering in the fastest time possible.”