David Moore

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Marzella

Cal­lan­der swim­ming pool has been forced to close – un­til Novem­ber at the ear­li­est – after the dis­cov­ery of “ag­gres­sive rust­ing” within the build­ing.

The pool at the McLaren Leisure Cen­tre shut last week after the rust was dis­cov­ered in a se­ries of steel col­umns within the com­plex.

Cen­tre bosses car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to dis­cover the ex­tent of the ero­sion and are in the process of com­plet­ing re­me­dial work.

Now, on the ad­vice of struc­tural engi­neers, cen­tre bosses have opted to close the pool which is fre­quently used by pupils from McLaren High.

Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, engi­neers took away cov­er­ing from the beams and dis­cov­ered that they were badly cor­roded and would re­quire re­pair.

Other col­umns in the pool hall were also af­fected but re­quire treat­ment rather than struc­tural re­pair. Chair of the board of trustee di­rec­tors at the cen­tre, David Moore said: “Dur­ing a planned clo­sure of our swim­ming pool in Au­gust we dis­cov­ered rust on steel struc­tural col­umns ad­ja­cent to the pool.

“Sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed more in­tru­sive rust­ing. Struc­tural engi­neers ad­vised us that the af­fected ar­eas should stay closed to en­able re­pairs to be car­ried out. How­ever, the rest of the leisure cen­tre fa­cil­i­ties re­main open as nor­mal.

“This ex­tended and un­planned clo­sure of the pool has been very dis­rup­tive for cus­tomers, pupils and staff alike, but our pro­fes­sional ad­vi­sors, con­trac­tors and staff have been work­ing hard to re­solve the prob­lem. We very much re­gret the in­con­ve­nience to all our swim­ming pool users caused by this un­ex­pected clo­sure, we thank ev­ery­one for their un­der­stand­ing and sup­port.

“The es­sen­tial struc­tural re­pairs have now been com­pleted but achiev­ing this has re­quired break­ing out part of the ex­ist­ing floor. We are now in the process of re­in­stat­ing the floor and re­mo­bil­is­ing the planned main­te­nance works that were put on hold.”

It re­mains un­known how long the works will take to com­plete and a date for the re-open­ing of the pool has yet to be set.

Mr Moore added: “Our tar­get for this is dur­ing Novem­ber, but this may vary de­pend­ing on the avail­abil­ity of ma­te­ri­als and trades peo­ple.”

Trossachs and Teith Coun­cil­lor, Martin Earl added: “I know this has been very dis­rup­tive for many peo­ple and the school, but it should be recog­nised how ef­fi­ciently the staff and Board at the Leisure Cen­tre have dealt with this se­ri­ous prob­lem.

“I know ev­ery­one is work­ing as hard as pos­si­ble to make sure these es­sen­tial re­pairs are car­ried out quickly.

“The clo­sure of the pool will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on rev­enues for this com­mu­nity run fa­cil­ity and I do hope the lo­cal author­ity is as sup­port­ive as pos­si­ble.”

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