Change of plans for pool project

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A Morpeth-based charity has revised its state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool plans.

The design for the facility, which is being earmarked for MS Research and Relief Fund’s headquarters in Stobhill, has been altered following expert advice so that it fully meets the needs of users.

Fund-raising activities are continuing as the cost of this ‘medical pool’ is higher than the initial pool it was looking to build.

A revised planning application has been lodged. A single storey extension would be built to accommodate the facility, changing rooms, a disabled toilet and ancillary works.

Tests have been carried out because of the site’s coal mining history to make sure that the piece of land is suitable for an extension building.

Paul Atkinson, chairman of the trustees, said: “After carrying out further research, we are now looking to put in place more of a medical pool than a leisure pool.

“The pool we initially had in mind was the type used by the FA and Premier League football clubs, but those facilities get top athletes fit again whereas we want to help improve the movement of people with disability problems.

“This means there are different priorities for its design and style and the cost of the pool we are now going with is more than the initial pool.

“We will continue to raise funds for the project and carry it forward to the best of our ability.”

The charity supports people from across the North East, offering therapy and exercise classes, massage, reiki, reflexology, pilates, yoga, art classes and coffee mornings. There is a specialist gym for MS sufferers and a range of outreach therapy services.

The fund also provides grants to help people adapt their homes or buy specialist equipment.