Stamford Endowed School sports centre, gym and swimming pool to stay closed to public
A sports centre, gym and swimming pool which closed during lockdown will not reopen to the public.
The Stamford Endowed Schools facilities in Conduit Road closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic .
Pupils have recently started using the facilities again within the school timetable, but members of the public with memberships for the gym and pool have not yet been allowed to return.
Hannah Hamilton, director of external relations, said: “In view of the limited numbers that we can accommodate within the gym at present, plus the safety and hygiene practices which are likely to have to remain in place for the foreseeable future, we have very sadly reached the conclusion that we can no longer offer a meaningful membership package.
"We know the impact that this will have on many of our members, and it has been far from easy for us to take this step.
“We are very pleased that we have been able to work with a local independent gym in Stamford, Fusion 3, who have agreed to honour our membership rates until the end of January for any of our existing members.
“Our outdoor facilities are still being used by local sports clubs, and we hope to continue to increase the use of these facilities in the future. We are also aiming to relaunch the Swim School from January, and we will be providing further updates later in the year.”
The original planning permission granted for the sports centre prevented Stamford Endowed Schools from opening the facilities to the public to stop the Conduit Road area from being affected by an increase in vehicles. However, the school had gone back to the planning authority in 2014 to ask if this could be changed.
As a result, the school has been able to provide a limited number of memberships for people to use the facilities.
Members who have paid gym or pool fees in advance will be reimbursed.