Work to repair swimming pool roof to start in new year

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Work to repair the swimming pool roof at Catmose Sports Centre will start in the new year.

The county council has confirmed the work will get underway on January 6 and will take up to nine weeks.

The council says it will also be looking at the long-term future of the pool next year and will consult schools, community groups and any other interested parties.

The swimming pool was refurbished in 2007 and the repairs were given a life of 10 years.

However, the pool closed in August when a survey to examine leaks in the roof found other problems including warped beams and weak joints in the frame.

The council looked at various options including closing the pool or replacing it with an expected cost of £3.7m, but instead opted to repair it.

The repair works agreed by councillors in October will cost an estimated £130,000 and will focus on keeping the building safe and the changing rooms dry. They will be carried out by Ashe Construction

Council deputy leader Terry King (Con) said: “It’s good to know that the repair works will start soon and I look forward to the pool being reopened to the community during the next few months. We’ll issue regular updates so people know how works are progressing.”

“The decision taken by councillors to repair the roof guarantees swimming in Oakham for a few years at least.

“The big challenge now is for the council to work with other key organisations around the town to explore options for a long-term facility that will be here for many years to come.

“We look forward to starting that work.”