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ACTON CENTRE GROUND FLOOR There are two new swimming pools, which opened in May: An impressive eight-lane main pool, which is 25 metres long; and a smaller teaching pool with a moveable floor, to help learners swim safely, especially young children and people with disabilities. The pools come with modern changing rooms, and both pools are flooded with natural light from huge windows. The ground floor is also home to council offices for staff working in adults, children and family services. FIRST FLOOR The first floor is where you will find the town’s new glass-fronted gym, which opened for inductions in April. More than 1,000 people have already joined. Like other council gyms, it aims to have membership rates typically more affordable than most private gyms. Along with the 100-station gym and fitness area, there are two new studios for fitness and dance classes, along with impressive changing rooms. The town’s library has relocated to the revamped old Assembly Hall – also on the first floor – and it has been named Acton Town Hall Library. Run by Carillion for the council, it offers users a 21st Century experience, with free use of computers and WiFi alongside its books, DVDs and other items, and r e f or Click he o tos mor e ph e o f cen t r self-service check-out units. A learning suite next door to the library has additional computers, and will be used by the council’s adult learning services to hold courses. SECOND FLOOR The second floor includes council offices for adults, children and families services, including day care facilities, therapy rooms and drop-in services. Community rooms of different sizes are available for hire – to use for meetings, events and activities, or as dance studios. They are bright, clean and accessible to everyone and have high quality levels of audio visual equipment available. Local groups will also be able to hire the meeting rooms in the council offices at evenings and weekends if they are not in use. MORE INFO ■ Visit around ealing Summer 2014 23