Council agrees the sale of Leith Waterworld

The City of Edinburgh Council has agreed a motion put forward by the Capital Coalition to sell Leith Waterworld to A&G Property Group for £1m to create a substantial soft play and leisure facility.

The council has also agreed to allocate £125,000 to fund swimming programmes for primary school children in Edinburgh.

The decision was taken today (Thursday 30 May) at a meeting of the City of Edinburgh Council where they considered two reports, one on the potential sale of Leith Waterworld and one containing an update on the progress of the community bid.

A&G Property Group have offered to purchase Leith Waterworld for £1m from the Council and propose to spend around £1.3m on refurbishing the building. Their offer would also see over 80 jobs created in the local area.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s Culture and Sport Convener, said: “This has been a very difficult decision and one that this Council does not take lightly. Firstly I’d like to thank Splashback for the work and commitment they have demonstrated in progressing the community bid. However this coalition feels that the potential purchaser will create a high quality leisure facility that will greatly benefit the community in Leith and the wider Edinburgh area.

“In recognition of Splashback’s commitment to creating affordable and accessible swimming opportunities for young people in the community, we’re commiting £125,000 towards free swimming for primary aged children in Edinburgh.

“Ultimately this option ensures that the community in Leith has an accessible leisure facility for many years to come, that swimming opportunities are available and also that the Council gets best value for the taxpayers of Edinburgh.”

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