Chilly pool in Holywell leaves swimmers 'frozen'

Published date: 06 March 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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CONCERNS have been raised about the “dire state” of a leisure centre where the cold pool leaves swimmers “frozen”.

Calls are being made for improvements to Holywell Leisure Centre – which has been described as “a valuable asset” by community leaders and users.

Complaints have been levelled about the temperature of the water in the pool and the exercise facilities not being kept upto a suitable standard.

Pauline Burgess, of Moorfields, Holway, said the water temperature in the pool had been getting “colder and colder” in the last few weeks – and on Monday it was 3-4F lower than usual.

“The majority of swimmers got out of the water earlier than normal because they were all frozen,” she said.

Bob Williams, who has been using the site since it opened, said the centre is in “a hell of a bad state”.

“Even the staff are up in arms about it,” he added.

Flintshire county councillor for Holywell, Peter Curtis, said money had to be spent to make improvements.

“We’re going to get to a state which is beyond repair.

“The problem is it hasn’t had any money spent on it for a long time.

“It’s inevitable if you don’t spend the money, it will get into a state of disrepair.

“If it was lost, it would be detrimental to the town. It’s a valuable asset.

“It would not be in anyone's interest to let it get to the point where it can’t be maintained.

“There should be regular checks on the building.”

Cllr Curtis also criticised decisions made a couple of years ago to remove the pool slide, which he says was a “big feature” for the leisure centre, and also to close down the cafe.

He added: “I’ll be taking this up with the leisure service.”

Flintshire Council announced a £1m investment in leisure centres and swimming pools as part of an effort to safeguard public services amid “unprecedented” savings targets for 2014-15.

Lawrence Rawsthorne, head of culture and leisure said: “There are occasions when essential maintenance can result in the pool temperature falling three degrees below the normal operating temperature, which we try to achieve for recreational swimming sessions, of 84 degrees Fahrenheit.

“For competitive swimming and training the target temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit.

“The centre is regularly inspected to maintain a suitable environment for customers.”

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