The Wanstead pool is coming! And that’s not all

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The much-vaunted swimming pool for Wanstead is to go ahead, Redbridge Council has announced, along with a multi-million pound revamp for Wanstead High School which will include a new gym, classrooms, dining and changing area.

Work will begin in the Autumn, the council says. Proposals for the schemes will be presented to the council’s cabinet followed by a planning application. They are going to be funded from the council’s capital investment funds, and there will be a bid to Sports England to help.

Though there has been scepticism that the sums could add up, the council has restated its intention that the swimming pool and gym will be “cost neutral in the longer term when balanced with admission fees”.

The head of Wanstead High, Bob Hamlyn, issued a statement saying: “We are delighted that Redbridge has plans to make much needed improvements to Wanstead High School’s facilities. This proposed investment will go a long way to making sure we can continue to deliver first class education to the young people in this area”.


22 thoughts on “The Wanstead pool is coming! And that’s not all”

  1. It was not long ago that the story was mentioned and people on here were against it!

    Personally this is great and for everyone who objects and ‘wants a proper gold standard consultation’, well I will get two people to counter vote.

    Cannot wait for this, no more getting in the car to go to other pools!

  2. The school deserves an upgrade. Apart from the original 1920s school building, most of the other buildings on the school site were built pre-1970. The school did have an outdoor pool at one point, but it was closed at some point in the late 70s/80s.

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