Sports partnerships to improve services

THE takeovers of facilities at the training pool at Boston’s Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex and the Peter Paine Sports Centre are hoping to improve sports services in the area.

The pool will re-open on Monday, after a Boston Borough Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday agreed to work with the Witham Schools Federation and Boston Amateur Swimming Club.

It will be paid for from £195,000 out of the council’s reserves with £150,000 being repaid over five years from ‘third party contributions’ - the extra £45,000 coming from the authority.

It is hoped, with increased use, the pool will be self-funding.

Council leader Coun Peter Bedford said: “We have listened to public opinion and acted as quickly as possible to reopen the pool - and we will have done it at no extra cost to the tax payer.”

Youngsters from Haven High Technology College, St Bede’s Catholic Science College and Staniland and Carlton Road Primary Schools will use the pool to learn to swim.

Meanwhile, following Boston College’s takeover of Peter Paine, the director of corporate services at the college Janet Hemmant said it is looking forward to working with users of the facility and would be embarking on a programme of improvements to make it a better environment.

She said once the works are complete, educational use will have priority in the centre during college working days and community use at other times.

She added: “There will inevitably be some disruption to normal activities during the refurbishment but we are confident the outcome will be worth it and will endeavour to keep hirers informed of any impact on their bookings throughout the process.”