CALLS have been made to transform a partially empty water works site into a swimming pool.

Speaking at Manningtree Town Council meeting, councillor Penny Hughes-Stanton said the water works site in Mill Hill, Manningtree, could be turned into a swimming pool.

The future of the site, owned by Affinity Water was raised at the meeting as part of the council’s response to Tendring Council’s Local Plan.

It is thought the majority of the site, which is a Grade Two listed building, is unused and could potentially provide land for development if it were to be sold off.

Speaking at the meeting Councillor Penny Hughes-Stanton said: “It could be a swimming pool if the building is already there.”

She later added: “We want a swimming pool but financially it is not really viable.

“Raising the money would be hard work.

“I’m not in favour of having development there – the extra houses in the area are already on their way."

An Affinity Water spokesperson said: “The offices at the Affinity Water site in Mill Hill are still being used. “At the present time, we do not have any plans to change the current operation of the site.”