THE first steps towards building Ripon’s new swimming pool will be taken this week when experts begin testing the ground conditions at the site.

The new pool will be built next to Ripon Leisure Centre on Dallamires Lane. It will replace the ageing Ripon Spa Baths and, along with enhanced sport and fitness facilities at the leisure centre, will provide Ripon residents with a modern complex fit for the future.

The new pool and leisure centre complex is scheduled to be finished by December 2019.