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Applemore learner pool closed for safety works

Following a routine inspection on Tuesday (5 September) we have identified a hairline crack approximately 1 metre long in the underside of the learner pool at Applemore Health and Leisure Centre.

We have sought advice from structural engineers specialising in marine concrete. Further investigations today have concluded that there is a possibility of a small isolated failure of the pool structure which can only be further determined by carrying out more detailed investigative works. This will involve draining the small learner pool, removing the tiles and excavating into the structure of the pool.

At this time we are being advised that these works could lead to the learner pool being closed for up to three months depending on the findings of the investigations.

Swimming lessons due to take place in the learner pool will be cancelled and customers will be contacted.  Lessons can be transferred to any of our other four centres, or customers can request a refund.

Swimming, including lessons, in the main pool will carry on as usual.

Colin Read, the council's Deputy Chief Executive, said:  "Our first priority has to be safety. We will carry out thorough investigations and any necessary remedial works. We are grateful for our customers' patience while we do so and apologise for this disruption."

7 Sept 2017 

Updated: 20 Sep 2017
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