A new operator has taken over South Molton Swimming Pool.

New operator 1610 has taken over the running of South Molton Swimming Pool. Picture: 1610New operator 1610 has taken over the running of South Molton Swimming Pool. Picture: 1610

Leisure operator 1610 took over management of the pool from Monday, to add it to the pools it already runs - Torrington Pool and Sports Hall, Holsworthy Leisure Centre and Torridge Pool.

South Molton Leisure Trust which had previously managed the site decided to seek a new operator to safeguard the long-term future of the pool and 1610 was the preferred bidder.

Under the changes 1610 will own the building as well as be responsible for the day to day running of the pool.

As a larger operator, it said it hoped to be able to reduce its operating and administration costs as well as introduce new programmes and activities to the pool.

Ricky Hayes, swim and sports development manager, said: “South Molton Leisure Trust has done a great job of managing the pool but it is easier for a larger trust such as 1610 to reduce running costs by sharing admin duties and expenses.

“1610 has a very successful swim school at its other leisure sites in North Devon which it would like to develop further at South Molton and we look forward to working with staff and the local community to ensure that we can make the pool an exciting and vibrant facility for everyone to enjoy in the years ahead.”