THIS is the first glimpse of how a new £4m community swimming pool could look as campaigners push on with their ambitious project.
The pool at Rainworth is to replace the facility at the defunct leisure centre which shut a year ago and is the brainchild of the social enterprise group, Not Just Swimming.
Members have been in talks with the Rainworth Miners’ Welfare Trust about building the centre on land next to their football club’s training pitch alongside Colliery Lane.
And to help maintain the project’s momentum they have had an architect’s impression drawn up, much to the delight of lead campaigner Sandra Warner.
She said: “I hope that by seeing how it could look, people will realise what we’re trying to achieve. It’s a community swimming pool for the modern day.
“It’s good to have this impression because unless people see something physical, they might not believe it would happen.
“Rainworth needs this, there are no facilities here and we are desperate, especially with new houses being built.”
In keeping with the name, the group is also planning to build a monitored skate park and play area adjoining the pool building.
Rainworth lost its leisure facilities in March of last year after site owners, the Joseph Whitaker School, wanted the space to build a new sixth form block.
Talks were held with Rainworth Miners’ Welfare Trust about using their land and an agreement has since been reached.
Sandra now hopes grants can be sourced from community funding programmes such as Sport England, the Big Lottery Fund and WREN.
However, she is adamant members of the community need to continue backing the plans, which she hopes could become a reality in the next year.
“We may not have to raise much ourselves but we need to show a willingness,” said Sandra.
“We can’t expect £4m just to come like that. It’s not all about funding either, we might need people to help clear the site, and that could help reduce the costs, but that’s a long way down the line.
“We need to be seen to be pro-active, the parish council is behind us and everybody we have spoken to says it’s a great idea.
“It has been confirmed that the trust will allow us the land, it’s now literally down to planning and funding of course. It all depends on how quickly we can get an agreement from funders as to how quickly it can move on.”
Meanwhile, a car boot sale is planned for Saturday 19th May at Rainworth Miners’ Welfare to help raise funds, with people being asked to drop off items to be sold on the day between 10am-2pm. Later in the year they are planning a Rainworth’s Got Talent event and a fashion show to continue the fundraising.