PUBLISHED: 17:02 26 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:23 10 June 2010
SATURDAY, JULY 26: EXMOUTH is being urged to strive for state-of-the-art swimming facilities if a proposed supermarket gets the go-ahead to build on the site of the current estuaryside sports centre. Exmouth swimming and lifesaving expert Robert Clarke has extensively res
EXMOUTH is being urged to strive for state-of-the-art swimming facilities - if a proposed supermarket gets the go-ahead to build on the site of the current estuaryside sports centre.Exmouth swimming and lifesaving expert Robert Clarke has extensively researched updating the current 'inadequate' facilities and published a report outlining the leisure needs of the community if Asda - or another supermarket - builds on the site.Mr Clarke, a Swimming and Lifesaving Society Masters Coach, is calling for a new, larger, 10-lane pool - which would bring Exmouth in line with some of the South West's finest facilities.Mr Clarke said Exmouth had for too long been content with a pool which was too small and outdated.He said a town the size of Exmouth deserved a pool which could serve the whole community, as well as coping with the needs of holidaymakers, competitive swimmers and the government's plan to introduce free swimming for all.Investing in a high-class facility would draw more visitors into Exmouth, he said.Mr Clarke's report said: "The community needs and deserves better facilities."Sizes and specifications of a new pool put forward by Mr Clarke include:l A 10-lane, 25-metre pool that could be split during peak times, allowing competitive and recreational swimmers to swim at the same time.l Two-metre wide lanes, allowing adults to swim two abreast.l Seating for 100 spectators for competitions.l Water plume slide.l 1.2 metre shallow end.l 1.8 metre deep end for diving tuition.l A learner pool to encourage non-swimmers.l Floating floor to reduce pool depth.He has also called for a physiotherapy, massage and treatment room within the same building.Exmouth deputy mayor councillor Darryl Nicholas said any new development involving the sports centre required input from those who used the current facilities.He said: "Plans are being put in place to visit other modern sports facilities - members from groups such as the Exmouth Swimming and Lifesaving Society will be invited to attend along with Leisure East Devon and relevant council representatives."l Does Exmouth need better swimming facilities? Comment on this story at www.exmouthjournal.co.uk.