A pool which is set to close under development plans offers the best swimming lessons in the country, a national body has found.

Waltham Abbey swimming pool in Roundhills will be closed and replaced with a new facility in nearby Hillhouse under recently announced proposals.

Today (March 17), the Everyone Active and Epping Forest District Council-operated pool was named best in the country for its swimming lessons by Quest, a Sport England body.

Group, private and snorkelling sessions are all available, with lessons starting for people aged five months and older.

“We are very proud of Waltham Abbey swimming pool for being recognised for its quality swimming lessons,” said manager Chris McCarthy.

“I’d like to thank all the staff for their hard work and dedication.

“Everyone Active now run 12 of the best 20 sites in the country, including Waltham Abbey at number one, which is a fantastic achievement.”

A new health centre and housing for people aged over-55 will also be included in the Hillhouse development.

The plans have been jointly developed by Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Council and NHS England.