Issues have been identified with the swimming pool at Rugeley Leisure Centre during the lockdown.
Inspiring healthy lifestyles (Ihl) who manage the swimming pool on behalf of the Council have identified problems with the tiling in the pool after the Leisure Centre closed to the public in line with Government guidance. Since the discovery Ihl have commissioned two professional surveys to identify the problem.
The problems with the pool, which is 12 years old include, failed tiling and a potential water leak. A pressure test to determine whether the pipework is leaking is to be carried out next week. Subject to the results and after the pool is drained, a structural engineer will undertake more intrusive investigations into the pool tank structure the following week.
Councillor Christine Mitchell, Portfolio Leader for Culture and Sport said: “The issues which have arisen with the swimming pool are a massive blow to Inspiring healthy lifestyles.
“Initial indications are that repair works are going to be costly and time consuming, which is likely to mean that the swimming pool will not be open when government restrictions on swimming are lifted. I would like to reassure residents and customers that Ihl are doing everything in their power to identify the problem and a solution as quickly as possible.”
A spokesperson for Inspiring healthy lifestyles said: “Unfortunately, the pool at Rugeley Leisure Centre is in need of urgent repairs and we’re working hard to rectify the problems as quickly as possible.
“Should the pool repairs not be ready when Government guidance advises us that we can re-open, users of Rugeley Pool will be able to use Chase Leisure Centre as part of their membership.”