Could you be the one to name Worthing’s new pool?

WITH Worthing’s new pool a little over a year away from opening, it is still yet to be named.

But that is about to change as Worthing Borough Council has this week launched a name-the-new-pool competition, the winner of which will receive a one-year free swimming pass and an invite to the opening ceremony.

Duncan Anderson, general manager of Worthing Leisure Centre, said: “We are encouraging the local community, particularly its younger members, to come up with some ideas. It’s a great opportunity for youngsters to get involved in this fantastic facility. Worthing Borough Council is looking for imaginative, creative ideas that would capture what the pool is all about. The pool belongs to our community so we want the community to name the pool.” The six-lane, 25-metre competition pool with moveable floor, is due to open in spring, 2013. To enter the competition, visit www.worthingleisure.co.uk and complete an entry form. Entries must be received by March 30.

After the closing date, the judges will shortlist the best three names, and the public can vote for them online.

n MORE than an acre of Beach House Grounds greensward will be closed for several months while the new pool gets its cash-saving heating/cooling system installed.

Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee is being asked to approve the sinking of 32 deep boreholes just south of Beach House, each containing a pile to access ground-source heat for the adjacent pool’s cooling and heating demands.

The depth of each 8in-diameter pile will vary between 330ft and 500ft, After work on the ground source heat pump field is completed, the area will be restored to its former state, with the top of each pile 5ft below the surface.

It is planned for the area to be reopened to the public at the time of the new pool’s completion. Jeffrey Lee, senior designer for pool architects Wilkinson Eyre, said the new system will provide 100 per cent of the new pool’s cooling demand, and 41.7 per cent of the heating demand.

The annual cost savings would be £70,446 a year, with an installation payback period of 5.1 years.