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Golden Coast finds simple,
NEWS IN BRIEF
ingenious lighting solution
New life for derelict
pool?
Proposals to breathe new life into
a semi-derelict former outdoor
A simple, ingenious stainless pool or spa. Suitable for general swimming pool area in the north-
steel escutcheon is new on the illumination or to produce a east Scotland are to be made
market from Golden Coast to particular colour theme, the public early in 2009. A £75,000
provide a high quality finish to light units do not require study by consultants into future
the light fitting and tiling around special niches or unsightly uses for the Aberdeenshire Tarlair
Savi-Notes underwater LED deck boxes but fit directly area at Macduff is drawing towards
lighting system. into standard pool fittings a conclusion. The consultants were
Golden Coast, exclusive UK making them ideal for all hired a year ago to carry out the
supplier of the lights, was asked types of pool design. these study, commissioned by
by swimming pool contractors to They can be installed just 9” lights, pool Aberdeenshire Council and
find a way to conceal the cut below the water level and are contractors Scottish Enterprise Grampian.The
edges of tiles or mosaics ideal for retro-fitting during pool found that the pool has been closed to swimmers
surrounding the light units. After refurbishment. finish of their tiling for many years and the buildings
considering various options the Each system operates or mosaic immediately on-site need renovating.
solution was an escutcheon through a central control unit surrounding each unit never
made from 316 stainless steel. powering up to four individual quite looked perfect, so they
Since their introduction into lights, with either 100 or 150 turned to us for help. We New £2m pool
this country in 2006, more than foot cable lengths. More lights considered several possible Councillors are ready to close
200 Savi-Notes systems have can be added simply by ‘piggy solutions before deciding on an Halifax swimming pool and build a
been supplied for a variety of backing’ additional controllers escutcheon into which the light new one at North Bridge Leisure
installations, including concrete onto the first to create a sits,” said Glen Gardiner at Centre. They have earmarked
swimming pools, spas and water stunning combination of light Golden Coast. £2m, plus the proceeds from the
features. and colour that will greatly sale of the Skircoat Road site, to
The units are easy to install enhance a pool installation at a
GOLDEN COAST
help pay for it. “The initial designs
and produce a variety of colour relatively low cost. are exciting and include a crèche,
pc www.goldenc.com
mood lighting effects, either in a “Whilst pool owners prefer swimming, diving and fitness
facilities to complement the
leisure centre,” said regeneration
and development spokeswoman
Swimming is still the UKs top activity sport
Amanda Byrne.
Swimming is still the highest people swimming.” activity. David Sparkes, the
participation sport in Britain A total of 3.24million adults ASA Chief Executive, said: “It Wokingham misses out
according to the results of said they took part in swimming is great news that swimming Wokingham has lost the chance to
Sport England’s second Active at a ‘moderate intensity for 30 still remains the highest sign up for more than £150,000
People Survey. minutes or more at least once in participation sport – it is after Government funding for free
Immediately after the the last week’ when questioned all the only sport that can swimming and refurbishment. A
survey results were announced as part of the Sport England potentially save your life – but Government funding scheme to
the Amateur Swimming 2007/8 survey released these figures show to provide free swimming to the over
Association Chief Executive The figure represents 7.83% everyone involved in the 60s for two years has been snapped
David Sparkes said the of the UK’s adult population. swimming community we up by 82% of England’s councils,
figures were great news but ‘Swimming’ in the survey cannot be complacent. but not Wokingham. Bosses
added: ”This is a challenge but covers all swimming and diving “Many people will have decided it would be unfair to
we will continue to work with (indoor and outdoor), water been inspired to get into the provide the scheme for a limited
the government, pool polo, deep water swimming, pool after the fantastic time and then have to take it away
providers and other partners open water swimming and deep performance of Becky when funding dried up.
to address the issues that stop water diving. Adlington and Co in Beijing
The Amateur Swimming and we need to ensure those
Association has continued people have access to pools Free swimming petition
participation through projects and that these pools are of the Hundreds of signatures have been
like Everyday Swim, which aims highest quality.” collected in a petition calling on
to get more people swimming Sheffield Council to reconsider its
and find out ‘what works’ in THE TOP 10 SPORTS decision not to provide free
getting people into pools. BY PARTICIPATION swimming for children and
It is also consulting with the 1 Swimming – 3,244,000 pensioners.
Government to help implement 2 Football – 2,144,000 Sheffield is missing out on
the free swimming scheme, 3 Cycling – 1,767,000 £850,000 being offered by the
which aims to remove cost as a 4 Athletics – 1,604,000 Government towards the scheme
barrier to participation. 5 Golf – 948,000 – but they have only been offered
The number participating in 6 Badminton – 535,000 £370,000, when it would cost
swimming has fallen slightly 7 Tennis – 487,000 £1.1m a year. Labour councillors
from the first Active People 8 Equestrian – 341,000 say the public should have been
Survey in 2005/6 when 3.27m 9 Squash – 294,000 consulted before the Lib Dems
adults (8.04%) took part in the 10 Cricket – 204,000 decided to rule the scheme out.
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