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A Very Expensive Puddle To My Mind! Herts Advertiser 7th October 2010.

posted 7 Oct 2010, 14:37 by David Gilroy
Co-Founder of PoolTooSmall Ingrid Gilroy exposes the New Lodge "Con Pool" and agrees with the ASA about a 50 metre community pool.


SIR-I was thrilled when I saw the wrap round of  your edition of  30th September for  the new leisure centre planned for Westminster Lodge.

 It told me that, amongst the other things to be included, were THREE swimming pools. Hooray I thought, they’ve listened to  PoolTooSmall’s concerns that the new main swimming pool would not be big enough to cater for future population growth. See

 However, when I read further, I discovered that the third SWIMMING pool referred to is the confidence pool with very shallow water for  0-5 year old children–more a puddle than a SWIMMING pool! This  puddle is estimated by the Council to cost  £513,000 to build! A very expensive puddle to my mind.

 All in all,what a disappointment. Especially as it is now revealed that far from recommending that the new main pool should be  25 x 8 lanes  the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) have stated all along that their 1st choice  would be a 50 metre configurable community pool  with diving boards and pit.

 With the inadequate proposed Main Pool size of only 25m by 8 lanes , what an opportunity is being missed to leave a wonderful Olympic year legacy for St Albans to cherish! 

INGRID GILROY.  Co- Founder of PoolTooSmall –