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Swimming Pools

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many Olympic-standard swimming pools there are in England; and where each is located. (156443)

There are currently 37 Olympic-standard (50 m) swimming pools in England. The following table details where they are located:

Indoor

Outdoor

North West

Manchester x 2

Stockport

Wigan

East

Norwich

Cambridge

South East

Crawley

Guildford

High Wycombe

Chalfort, Buckinghamshire

Aldershot

Portsmouth

Oxford

Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Letchworth, Hertfordshire

Newbury

East Midlands

Loughborough

Peterborough

South West

Bath

Penzance

Millfield

Plymouth

Torbay

Cheltenham

Lymington Spa

London

Crystal Palace (temporarily closed till June 2008)

Brockwell

Ealing

Charlton

Haringey

Hackney

Parliament Hill

Tooting Bee

Royal Parks (Serpentine)

West Midlands

Coventry

Yorkshire

Leeds

Sheffield

A further three 50 m indoor pools are under construction and another is at the planning stage.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many diving pools there are in England; and where each is located. (156444)

According to the Active Places database there are 64 diving pools in England (and one planned to open shortly in Leeds). The following table shows where the 64 are located:

Region

Bedford

East

Cambridge

East

Colchester

East

Hatfield

East

Hemel Hempstead

East

Hertford

East

Peterborough

East

Southend-On-Sea

East

Derby

East Midlands

Hinckley

East Midlands

Lincoln

East Midlands

Nottingham

East Midlands

Rutland

East Midlands

Spalding

East Midlands

Barnet

London

Crouch End

London

Crystal Palace (temporarily closed)

London

Waltham Forest

London

Darlington

North East

Hartlepool

North East

South Shields

North East

Sunderland

North East

Whitley Bay

North East

Bury

North West

Manchester

North West

Oldham

North West

Abingdon

South East

Alton

South East

Dartford

South East

Eastbourne

South East

Gillingham

South East

Gravesend

South East

Guildford

South East

Havant

South East

Leatherhead

South East

Maidstone

South East

Oxford

South East

Reading

South East

Southampton

South East

Swanley

South East

Tunbridge Wells

South East

Worthing

South East

Barnstaple

South West

Bristol

South West

Cheltenham

South West

Plymouth

South West

Poole

South West

Redruth

South West

St. Austell

South West

Coventry

West Midlands

Hereford

West Midlands

Ludlow

West Midlands

Solihull

West Midlands

Stafford

West Midlands

Sutton Coldfield

West Midlands

Worcester

West Midlands

Barnsley

Yorkshire and the Humber

Bradford

Yorkshire and the Humber

Grimsby

Yorkshire and the Humber

Harrogate

Yorkshire and the Humber

Leeds x2

Yorkshire and the Humber

Rotherham

Yorkshire and the Humber

Sheffield

Yorkshire and the Humber

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public swimming pools have (a) closed and (b) opened in England since 1997; and how many of the pools that have opened since 1997 reopened after refurbishment or temporary closure rather than opened for the first time. (156445)

Information on pool closures across England was not collected centrally prior to 2004. However, the most recent information from Sport England indicates that a total of 37 pools (not sites) in local authority ownership were closed between 2004 and 2006.

The Active Places database of sports facilities across England (established in 2004) currently lists 211 pools (not sites) that have been newly built between 1997 and 2006, of which 56 were built between 2004 and 2006. In addition, the database lists a further 1,237 local authority owned pools built before 1997 but refurbished between 1997 and 2006.