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30. Mytholmroyd Community Association (MCA) swimming pool and community facility feasibility study

Mytholmroyd Community Association (MCA) swimming pool and community facility feasibility study

After severe floods damaged the Mytholmroyd Community Centre in 2015, the MCA took the opportunity to consider a better future use of the space and facilities and explore the feasibility of a long-held desire for a new swimming pool.

Kada Research was asked to assess community priorities and preferences for new facilities (including a pool), identify the potential future facilities options and assess their feasibility, and provide a practical plan for a dynamic building at the heart of Mytholmroyd. The client wanted us to consider differing community priorities, stakeholder interests, resources, and funding, as well as future flood safety measures.

Kada Research led consultations with interested parties and stakeholders to assess their expectations and funding possibilities, taking advantage of a local Christmas Market and cycle race to speak to 90 local residents. Using the consultation responses and evidence of similar facilities, we drew up different options based on community preferences and assessed them for viability. We provided the most feasible options along with their costs and benefits for the Community Association Chair and Board to take into consideration. We developed a practical five-year cost analysis and plan of action to help the MCA realise its ambitions.

“This study required tact and diplomacy and building a strong relationship with trustees. Ensuring we captured a diverse community voice was absolutely essential, as well as considering credible options for the future of the centre. It was well received by the council, trustees and chair of the MCA.

Karl Dalgleish (Study Director).

Get in touch: If you are thinking about the feasibility of a scheme and want to assess credible options e-mail karl.dalgleish@kadaresearch.co.uk and we will respond within 24 hours and offer a free initial two hour consultation.