Pool repairs need full council approval

Rutland County Council offices in Oakham
Rutland County Council offices in Oakham
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Councillors have recommended spending £130,000 on temporary repairs to a swimming pool that’s been closed for six weeks.

Members of Rutland County Council’s cabinet met on Tuesday and agreed to put forward a recommendation for the council to support repair work at the swimming pool at Catmose Sports Centre.

The pool has been closed since August after leaks were found in the roof.

The work will cost £130,000, which will be spent on repairing the beams and aluminium frame. This work will ensure the building is structurally safe and the changing rooms are kept dry.

The aim would be to reopen the pool to the public in the new year once the work has been completed.

A final decision will be made by the full council at its meeting on Monday, October 14. The places scrutiny panel will also look at the issue at its meeting today.

But the repairs will not fully address all leaks in the pool roof, nor the warm temperatures during the summer, which have also forced the closure of the pool.

Deputy leader of Rutland County Council Terry King (Con) said: “The council is faced with a difficult decision.

“We are keen to make sure that public swimming remains available in Oakham as we recognise it’s important to many people in our community.

“However, we also need to make sure we make the right decision financially so this lower cost option enables us to keep the pool open whilst we consider other longer term options.”

During the cabinet meeting, councillors also considered closing the swimming pool permanently; replacing the structure at a cost of £500,000 and rebuilding a new pool, which would cost £3.7m.

A report to the meeting said the temporary solution would extend the life of the pool by four years.

The pool, which has been at the Catmose College site since 1981, was refurbished in 2005 with a new roof put on. The roof had been expected to last 10 years.

Members of the public with swim membership for the centre have had their monthly payments frozen sinze the pool closed.

The council has published alternative swimming venues at www.rutland.gov.uk.