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5 Mar 2014

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The University of Chester has ambitious plans to create first class rowing facilities on the Dee to increase participation and establish a North West University Boat Race.

Plans have been lodged to demolish the existing dilapidated boathouse at Sandy Lane and in its place erect a new community rowing and fitness facility which could also be used by triathletes.

There would be boat storage at ground floor with changing rooms, showers and a training room on the first floor.

University of Chester's six school academies and the nearby Dee Banks special school would also access the facilities, allowing 60 children, aged 14-18, to get involved with rowing and triathlon.

The University anticipates a 75% increase in participation in rowing among its students. In addition, there are five competitive triathletes – two of whom have represented GB – without proper facilities who could use the base.