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New pool to make a splash next summer

Work to refurbish the much-loved outdoor pool in Abingdon’s Abbey Meadow is set to begin later this month.

The £1.3million project will take seven months to complete and should be ready to welcome swimmers and inflatables in time for next summer.

The revamp includes combining the small pool with the larger pool to create a beach-style walk in area, allowing easy access to the water for young children or those with disabilities and a deep-water area for experienced swimmers.

Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council Cllr Matthew Barber said: “I’m sure people will be very pleased to see work start at the pool later this month.

“This investment, along with the other improvements to the wider Abbey Meadow area, will help make this a must-visit venue.”

A rubber-crumbed surface will be installed to create a safe area around the pool and in front of the changing rooms.

The changing rooms will also be refurbished and equipment used to run the pool will be replaced with a new energy efficient system.

Work is expected to take around 28 weeks to complete and is part of a major project to make Abbey Meadow more attractive to visitors to the area.

The new play park opened earlier this year while new public toilets, changing facilities and an accessible path will be installed over the coming months.

The Vale announced last summer that Abingdon’s outdoor pool was to be rebuilt after more than 700 people signed a petition calling for it to be refurbished.

Cllr Charlotte Dickson, cabinet member for leisure, said: “The outdoor pool in Abingdon really is a much-loved local facility.  The current pool area has seen better days.

“This refurbishment work will ensure that the pool can remain in operation for future generations and that it provides a much better environment for residents and visitors to the area.”

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