Further feasibility phase for Leith Waterworld

Councillors today voted to further explore the feasibility of reopening Leith Waterworld.

Campaign group Splashback will now have council support during an 11-month development phase to establish whether the facility can be operated within the parameters of a finalised business plan.

The continuation of the bid beyond this phase is dependent on the community group securing the necessary capital funding to invest in the facility and, further, on their business plan meeting with the approval of an independent third party.

The council will release a maximum of £100,000 to help fund the feasibility study and a dedicated Councillor/ Officer Working-Group will be set up to support Splashback in developing their bid.

A report on the results of the study will be considered by councillors once the development phase ends, following which a decision on the facility's future will be taken.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Culture and Leisure Convener, said: "I want to acknowledge the considerable time and effort that Splashback have committed to their bid thus far.

"While there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done in the months ahead, we want to give the community the best possible chance of success by providing the necessary funding and support toward taking their proposals to the next phase.

"We owe it to the people of Edinburgh to do everything we can to preserve this valuable community asset."

On 20 September, councillors had granted Splashback additional time, plus dedicated support from council officers, to present a more robust business case.

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