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Belfast City Council plans to create first pop-up pool

By Rebecca Black

Northern Ireland is set for its first 'pop-up' swimming pool.

Belfast City Council is exploring the option of creating the temporary facility in the Castlereagh area while a new leisure centre is constructed to replace the ill-fated Robinson Centre.

The Robinson Centre was closed earlier this year after asbestos was found in the building.

DUP councillor Christopher Stalford explained the idea of a pop-up pool was to "bridge the gap" of around three years before a new leisure centre will be opened.

Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers also expressed support for the idea and revealed it would be a 25-metre pool with changing facilities which can be installed in three months.

He said schools and swimming clubs are currently struggling with the Robinson Centre being out of action.

There is currently a pop-up pool in Dumfries and it has been suggested a delegation of Belfast councillors visit it to gain more information.

Council is to consider a report on the matter in August.

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