Plans for a new half-a-million pound hydrotherapy pool at Delamere Special School in Flixton have been labelled ‘revolutionary’ by Trafford Council’s deputy leader.

Labour councillor Catherine Hynes, who represents Urmston ward, praised the project that will provide pupils with access to a modern ‘fit for purpose’ facility.

The money will fund the replacement of the existing and ‘outdated’ pool that is currently in use at the Urlam Road school.

Cllr Hynes, Executive member for Children’s Social Care, said: “Once completed, the pool will become a great asset to the school, but more than that, it will also benefit every pupil.

“Providing this much needed facility at a time when the sector faces crippling financial pressures,  due to cuts by central government, is nothing short of revolutionary.

“This is a fantastic initiative – and I’m confident it will provide all the pupils, staff and parents with a great deal of joy.”

“I couldn’t be more proud,” she added.

Blueprints for the scheme include a ‘level deck’ pool and improved changing facilities for both ambulant and wheelchair users.

The school, which is has been rated outstanding by government inspectors, offers places for 80 children with complex learning needs including: learning difficulty, autism, Downs syndrome, sensory impairments and developmental delay.

If the plans are given the green-light construction work could start in May and be complete by October.

Pictured: Delamere School
Pictured: Delamere School