1 November 2016: 12:38 pm
Morden to witness the fitness
A leisure centre is to be built in Morden Park.
Merton Council’s planning committee granted approval for the scheme in June 2016.
It will include a 25m, six-lane main pool and a 15m x 13m pool with a movable floor. The latter will be used for swimming lessons, water-based exercise and diving.
The leisure centre will also host a 100-station fitness suite, a community room and a cafe.
Construction was due to start as Future Merton went to press and is to complete in early 2018.
When the new centre opens, the 1960s Morden Park Pool will be demolished and the site returned to open green space.
The council said the new centre would have lower maintenance costs than the older structure, which requires continuous repairs.
Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council, said the leisure centre would be “fit for the 21st century” and praised the council’s “good financial planning”.
“Even in these challenging times, we can still deliver new facilities for people living and working in Merton,” he added.