A POPULAR swimming pool is closed to the public for the next few weeks to allow a new boom to be installed.
The swimming pool at Mill House Leisure Centre, in Raby Road, Hartlepool, was drained of water last week and won’t open again until Monday, December 23, while work is carried out to split the pool in two.
Centre bosses say the improvements will boost the flexibility and make best use of the L-shaped pool, and help to generate more income.
By splitting the pool into a 20m and 25m pool, officers say there would be “greater flexibility” of space to meet need and demand and it would be easier to meet the swimming club’s training needs.
The gym and sports halls are still open to the public during the work to the swimming pool.
Craig Mitchelson, senior assistant manager at Mill House, said: “The work will give the centre greater flexibility and allow us to offer more classes and swimming lessons.
“It will mean we are able to offer the largest swimming programme we have ever been able to offer, with more opportunities for members of the public to swim.
“While the pool will be closed for a period of time the long-term benefits mean it will be better for everyone.”
The permanent bulkhead is costing around £80,000 to install and the pool is closed for up to four weeks, at a further cost of £20,000 in lost income.
But officers have previously said that the measures will help generate £48,000 per year through increased income.
The plans were agreed by councillors at a meeting back in June.
Speaking at the time, John Mennear, the council’s assistant director of community services, said: “We need to be able to provide a swimming facility that not only provides for all types and levels of swimmer, but also maximises revenue opportunities.”
The Mill House Leisure Centre has a life-span of between 12 to 15 years and the local authority is expecting to get at least 10 years’ of financial benefit from the work.