Fears are calmed about swimming pool development

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Sheffield Council has moved to ease concerns about the impact of plans to build the city’s first new swimming pool for more than 20 years.

The facility is set to be created at Thorncliffe Playing Fields, High Green.

It will also include a gym and outdoor all-weather sports pitches.

Between £5 million and £7 million has been allocated for the project, coming from the NHS and Sport England.

However, once the scheme goes ahead, Chapeltown Baths, run by a community organisation, would close and some of the playing fields would be lost.

The council has stressed the baths would stay open until the new pool is ready –‘in at least two years’ time’.

And officials say most of the Thorncliffe playing fields would stay. Most of the football pitches, tennis courts and bowling greens would be left ‘largely untouched’.

The project is being funded as part of the NHS Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine project, which includes improvements to Graves Leisure Centre, Norton, and investment in Concord Leisure Centre, Shiregreen.