Welwyn Garden City swim pool cash dream dashed

HOPES for a cash injection from the Government for a landmark youth and community centre in the heart of WGC have been dashed. The YMCA's bid for �5m – more than a third of the overall cost of the project – has this week been turned down. But bosses have

HOPES for a cash injection from the Government for a landmark youth and community centre in the heart of WGC have been dashed.

The YMCA's bid for �5m - more than a third of the overall cost of the project - has this week been turned down.

But bosses have vowed to carry on with the "world class" facility, which includes a swimming pool.

The WHT exclusively revealed in October last year the �14m plans for the former Roche car park site in Broadwater Road - opposite the area Tesco has earmarked for development.

As well as a 25m pool, first-class facilities such as a skate park, a climbing wall and activitity studios would be provided, with free access for youngsters.

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