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Structural Issues Close Bridgnorth Swimming Pool Until Easter

The only community swimming pool in Bridgnorth is now about to close its doors until Easter after the discovery of unexpected structural issues.

Building specialists detected issues with the steel support columns at Bridgnorth Endowed Leisure Centre while work was being done in the changing rooms.

Plans have been made to erect scaffolding and the pool will be closed while work is carried out to bring the area up to standard.

The discovery is the latest problem to hit the centre, which closed last September after problems were found during a £400,000 redevelopment work.

The pool was initially closed until the New Year, but that deadline has since been extended for a few more months.

The redevelopment of Bridgnorth Endowed Leisure Centre, which dates back to the 1970s, did not involve changes to the pool. It called for a refurbishment of the gym and new changing rooms and a spin studio.

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Phil Loveday, head teacher for the on-site school, said that the new style changing rooms will be more accommodating for families as well as disabled swimmers.

To help improve its facilities, the centre had been awarded National Lottery funding valued at £150,000 from Sport England.

This most recent round of funding placed a special emphasis on improving the centre’s swimming facilities.

Twelve of the 22 projects that met with success received funds to either refurbish outdated pools or improve changing room facilities.

Centre manager Debbie Swales said that for other facilities at the centre, it was business as usual. Fitness classes, the gym, the sports hall, indoor cycling studio, and other facilities were all operating as normal.

The Bridgnorth Endowed Leisure Centre is part of the school that is opened to the public after school and during holidays with the support of Halo Leisure.

The community uses some of the facilities during the day, such as the mother and toddler swimming sessions and gym use.

For over a year the school has been working with Halo and the community has noticed an improvement in the facilities and the services that the leisure centre offers so the structural issues are causing a lot of disruption.

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