Fresh problem forced pool’s holiday closure

CONTROVERSY over Buxton Swimming Pool continued last week when the facility was closed for three days for repairs – just five months after re-opening following a refurbishment.

The pool, which only re-opened on August 1 after a 21-month closure for refurbishment, was closed from Wednesday, December 28 to Friday, December 30, so the repairs to the ceiling could be carried out.

But local resident Paul Mcwha, of London Road, Buxton, has slammed the timing of the closure. He said: “With not much to do in Buxton in bad weather the swimming pool is a lifeline for parents trying to keep kids happy.

“After waiting for the pool to re-open for such a long time, you would think it was done right and if not, repair work done at a more suitable time and not in the school holidays.”

A council spokesperson said: “A split developed in one of the seams joining the panels that make up the ceiling above the main pool hall. The ceiling is made from a fabric material, and while the problem is cosmetic it was felt important to undertake repairs so as to address the matter and prevent this becoming any worse.”

The authority added that scaffolding needed to be erected for the work so access to the pool had to be restricted for safety reasons and the repairs were carried out during the festive period because the centre was operating reduced hours so disruption could be kept to a minimum.

Apologising for any inconvenience caused, the council said the main contractor for works on the pool was being pursued for costs.