Five new swimming pools to be built in Birmingham

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Newtown pool is to be closed and replaced by a new leisure centre at Icknield Port Loop

Five new swimming pools are to be built as part of a £36m revamp of leisure centres in Birmingham.

Pools at Erdington, Northfield, Shard End, Stechford and Northfield are to be rebuilt on their current sites.

A new leisure centre will be created at Icknield Port Loop, near Ladywood, to replace Newtown pool.

Birmingham City Council said it would start the bidding process to find private companies to run the facilities for the next 15 years.

The authority said it wanted to use the model of the £12m Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre which opened in 2012 and is operated and managed by DC Leisure Management Ltd.

It said it was also looking for a company to operate Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre and the Alexander Stadium after a bid to try and get the community to run them had failed.

The contracts would start in April next year, it said.

Money to build the pools would come from council loans and Sport England, it said.

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