Leak hits Crockerne pool refurb hopes

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 October 2015

Crockerne Community Pool

Crockerne Community Pool


Plans to refurbish a community swimming pool have been dealt a blow after a pipework leak is likely to cost thousands of pounds to repair.

Crockerne community swimming pool, located at Crockerne Primary School in Westward Drive, is in need of around £100,000 in order to provide a new building, upgraded filtration systems and engineering services to allow it to be used all year round by the community.

The Crockerne Pool Support Group, which is responsible for the fundraising, says the leak has forced the pool to close early for up to six weeks.

Peter Stanley, chairman of the Crockerne Pool Support Group, said: “The swimming pool and the school use the same boiler to heat their water and there is connecting underground pipework between the swimming pool and the main school boiler. There is currently a leak in the pipework which means that the pool cannot be used.”

The group says that repair costs are likely to be around £4,000 while a new boiler, which is likely to be a better long-term solution, could cost as much a £10,000.

Peter added: “The impact on our fundraising is to increase the amount required from about £100,000 to £104,000 or £110,000, depending on what work we decide to do to remedy the existing leakage.”

The support group has made assurances that whatever decision it makes, the pool will open in time for April next year.

Most of the money required to carry out the refurbishment is expected to come from grants, but the group needs more people to sign a petition to demonstrate there is enough support.

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