Standard of facilities “impressive”

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FACILITIES at Montrose’s new £9 million swimming pool are “impressive” and will be a “huge benefit” to residents in the district, a local councillor has said.

The integrated sports centre and pool is due to open to the public at the end of October and Councillor David May, along with colleagues, took the opportunity at the end of last week to tour the premises and view its facilities ahead of their completion.

He said: “Along with some other Angus councillors I took part in a tour and visit and was very impressed with what I saw. There are two swimming pools, a 25-metre six-lane pool and a smaller pool with a moveable floor which we were shown gives flexibility depending on the needs of the groups using it.

“The soon-to-be-opened sports and swimming facility also has a health suite with sauna, steam room and relaxation area, fitness suite and multi-purpose rooms for meetings and training. After watching the Olympics and Paralympics the need for ensuring that all groups are catered for is important and it has been planned to meet the needs of all groups and abilities.”

Construction on the centre began last year and its features will also include a 100-seat viewing gallery and a café. Both pools will accommodate swimming tuition at all levels, competitive swimming and training, water polo and play activities.

Mr May added: “I was told on the visit that the £9 million development is on track to open towards the end of October.

“Having supported and voted for the facility in the previous administration it is clear to me that the quality of the design and work is superb and will be a huge asset to the residents of the town and Angus as well as a considerable attraction to tourists.”