Currently the plans indicate the build of a 6 lane pool, however GASC are strongly campaigning for the build of an 8 lane pool. The current pool has stood for over 47 years, so we must take the opportunity to ensure the correct decisions are made. This would be in respect to capacity, size and ensuring a suitable facility for the community before any plans are finalised. Get it wrong now and we could be waiting another 47 years or even longer.
There are several key focal areas that will benefit the community and justify the increase of an additional two lanes:
Inverurie Swimming Pool is currently in very high demand being one of the busiest in Aberdeenshire with waiting list of over 1500 for an area that has seen a population growth over the years from 12,000 to 20,000 a 66.5% increase and is still growing.
Inverurie has the luxury of both a new Community Campus on its way, Sports Centre (and all going well will be hugely enhanced with the new plans) Providing a vast opportunity and availability for dry side sports. However, this is not the case for wet side sports, recreation and fitness etc. with the Campus Pool being the only local wet side facility for Inverurie and the surrounding area.
As per Scottish Planning Policy we need to ensure, “A successful, sustainable place – supporting sustainable economic growth and regeneration, and the creation of well-designed, sustainable places”.
GASC believe good facilities are fundamental to developing sporting opportunities for everyone and encourage civic pride. Well-designed facilities built too last and fit for purpose give returns on time and money invested in the health, wellbeing and happiness of all its users.
Our vision for the facility needs to be for a better community and wellbeing and ultimately if a pool is too small it will be under constant pressure during busy periods and waiting lists will not reduce. With all the above in mind and much much more GASC are gathering support from sources both local and at national level. We are putting together an information and marketing publication to communicate and inform the community and other parties the necessity for an 8 lane pool.