We want a bigger pool, a chance to dive and a cafe at re-vamped Morden Park Leisure Centre

Splashing about: A family enjoys the facilities in Morden.

Splashing about: A family enjoys the facilities in Morden.

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Give us a bigger pool, a chance to dive and a cafe.

Those were the key messages for Merton Council during a public consultation on a proposed replacement for Morden Park Leisure Centre.

Morden Park Pool has long suffered from a number of problems forcing repeated closures for maintenance work.

Problems have included ceiling tiles crashing into the pool, lengthy closures due to boiler problems and leaks and poor changing room conditions.

In 2010 plans emerged to rebuild the 33m pool with the council pledging to find £11m to fund the project, however the plans never materialised.

Several years later, Labour councillors renewed their ambition to rebuild the pool confirming that £11m has been set aside to fund the project.

More than 400 people responded to the consultation which gave them an imaginary £10m budget for the work.

Top of the list for sporting facilities requested by those taking part in the consultation were a movable pool floor for diving and more swimming pool area. There was also support for a sports hall and climbing wall.

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A council spokesperson said the council is proposing to replace Morden Park Pools with a brand new, modern, family focused leisure centre that provides value for money.

Leader of the council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: "This is an important step towards delivering a new sports facility that local people want.

"The feedback is invaluable in helping us design the new family leisure centre.

"This is a big project, so it’s reassuring that residents recognise the need for the council to keep to a tight budget, and that they have told us they want somewhere the whole family can go to have fun and get fit at the same time.

"That’s exactly what we will now aim to deliver."

The results of the consultation were announced on Wednesday, August 7 after it was launched earlier this year.

The full consultation report can be read on the website

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