Newport Pagnell pool swims towards a bright future

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Middleton Pool is getting a £900,000 makeover, a new gym and a long-term future.

Newport Pagnell Town Council has announced it has taken ownership of Middleton Pool and Willen Sports Ground from Milton Keynes Council. This has allowed them to sign a 15 year deal with Places for People Leisure Management Ltd, which will develop and operate the facilities.

John Smith, mayor and chairman of the town council, said: “This new facility will upgrade Middleton Pool, allowing it to match and better other facilities in Milton Keynes.

“Over the years Middleton Pool has served local people well and we are very pleased that this arrangement will maintain and improve this vital leisure facility.”

The future of the pool and Willen Sports Ground were uncertain when Milton Keynes Council took away its £114,672 a year funding.

Plans for Newport Pagnell Town Council and Places for People to make a deal were announced in January. The town council had to receive ownership of the two sports facilities from Milton Keynes Council for this to happen.

While work is under way to renovate the pool, Places for People will be running a temporary gym.

Robin Knight, Places for People Leisure Management Ltd business development manager, said: “We will be introducing exciting activities and programmes as well as investing £900,000 into the facilities.

“We look forward to working with the council and the staff so that we can continue to provide a successful leisure service to the citizens of Newport Pagnell.”