Lo­cal pool has a dirty record

Castlemilk baths shut 10 times in four years

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathon Ged­des

Castlemilk Pool has been named as the third dirt­i­est swim­ming baths in Glas­gow over the past four years.

The un­wanted sta­tus was re­vealed in fig­ures re­leased by Glas­gow Life, in re­sponse to a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest made by the Re­former’s sis­ter web­site, Glas­gow Live.

They showed that Castlemilk had been closed 10 times over the last four years due to poo in the wa­ter.

It’s in con­trast to South La­nark­shire Leisure East­field in Ruther­glen, which the Re­former re­vealed ear­lier this year has only had to close twice over the past four years be­cause of “fae­cal con­tam­i­na­tion” in the wa­ter

Glas­gow Life, who run all of the city’s leisure cen­tres, say that pools are thor­oughly cleaned and cleansed fol­low­ing any ac­ci­dents.

A Glas­gow Life spokesman said: “In­ci­dents can be caused by a va­ri­ety of rea­sons and in many cases it is as a re­sult of med­i­cal con­di­tions ex­pe­ri­enced by cus­tomers.

“The clean­li­ness of our pools and the health and safety of cus­tomers is our num­ber one pri­or­ity and all pools are cleaned to the strictest of guide­lines im­me­di­ately af­ter any in­ci­dents.

“Again, timescales for such clo­sures can vary but usu­ally only last a few hours un­til re­cy­cling of wa­ter takes place within strin­gent guide­lines.”

The fig­ures re­gard­ing South La­nark­shire were re­vealed in March this year, and prompted calls for par­ents to take more re­spon­si­bilty for their kids in the wa­ter.

South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture (SLLC) ad­vise all par­ents of young chil­dren who are not potty trained to wear swim nap­pies.

They also ad­vise not swim­ming for at least 48 hours af­ter vom­it­ing or di­ar­rhoea, and ide­ally not for 14 days.

SLLC also sug­gest en­cour­ag­ing young swim­mers to use the toi­lets be­fore, and en­sure they leave the pool to use the toi­let be­fore it is too late; us­ing the show­ers be­fore en­ter­ing; if you start to feel un­well, leave the wa­ter, and if you do have an ac­ci­dent, please let the life­guards know im­me­di­ately.

The Glas­gow ta­ble of shame was topped by the Gor­bals, which has been closed 14 times in the four year pe­riod with Spring­burn sec­ond in the ta­ble with 11 clo­sures.

The lat­est fig­ures re­lated to Glas­gow re­vealed that all the city’s swim­ming pools had been closed 60 times in to­tal over the four year span.

Clo­sures Castlemilk Swim­ming Pool is the third dirt­i­est pool in Glas­gow

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