Heater work delays pool reopening

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SWIMMERS in Oakham will have to wait another week before they can start to use the town pool again.

The reopening date for Catmose College swimming pool has been put back again by Rutland County Council because work to install a new water heater did not begin until Monday.

The pool closed at the end of November for essential maintenance work and was due to reopen this week.

Portfolio holder for culture and leisure at Rutland County Council Peter Jones (Con) said: “Works to install a new fuel efficient swimming pool water heater at Catmose College has begun this week, which will allow the pool to be heated at a lower cost and in a more environmentally friendly way.”

And that is not the only blow that has hit swimmers in the county. Bob Spencer, 73, of Lonsdale Way, Oakham, is concerned that the price of swimming could double when the pool is taken over by a new management company.

Mr Spencer and his wife Hazel, 68, swim at the pool four times a week.

He said: “We are both pensioners and like to swim to keep fit, but we’ve not been able to for 11 weeks.

“If they double the prices then I’m more concerned about families that can’t afford the higher prices.

“We choose to pay to swim, but youngsters shouldn’t have to pay at all. It should be free.”

The swimming pool and all sports and leisure facilities at Catmose College will be taken over by Stevenage Leisure when the school opens its new campus in Barleythorpe Road, Oakham, later this month.

The sports facilities at the school will be shared with the public and Stevenage Leisure will manage them.

Coun Jones said: “The sports management contractor will review all pricing as part of the new contract and the prices for swimming will form part of that review.”

Stevenage Leisure has an office in the Victoria Hall, High Street, Oakham, where members of the public can find further information.