Peak swim­mers can still take a dip

Al­ter­na­tives in place while pool is re­paired

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Marzella

Mem­bers of Stir­ling’s Peak leisure cen­tre will have to use swim­ming pools in Stir­ling and Falkirk whilst ur­gent re­pairs are car­ried out at the fa­cil­ity.

The 25 me­tre, six lane swim­ming pool at the £27 mil­lion sports com­plex is closed un­til March after a se­ri­ous fault was dis­cov­ered in its con­crete layer dur­ing planned main­te­nance works.

Ac­tive Stir­ling, the body who run Stir­ling’s leisure fa­cil­i­ties on be­half of Stir­ling Coun­cil, has an­nounced al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments for pub­lic swim­ming and swim­ming les­sons dur­ing the clo­sure.

Ac­tive Stir­ling in part­ner­ship with Stir­ling Coun­cil, Stir­ling Univer­sity, McLaren Leisure Cen­tre in Cal­lan­der and Falkirk Com­mu­nity Trust has now con­firmed an al­ter­na­tive pub­lic swim­ming pro­gramme and ac­cess to other pools in Stir­ling and Falkirk.

In ad­di­tion to se­cur­ing ac­cess to Stir­ling High and Ban­nock­burn High swim­ming pools, pub­lic swim­ming and aquafit classes at Stir­ling Univer­sity and pub­lic swim­ming at McLaren Leisure, Ac­tive Stir­ling has agreed ac­cess to swim­ming pools at the Mariner Cen­tre in Camelon, Denny High and Grange­mouth Sports Com­plex.

Mem­bers have been of­fered the op­tion to swim at any of these pools or freeze their mem­ber­ship un­til the Peak’s pool re–opens.

Pay-as-you go swim­ming is avail­able at Stir­ling High, Ban­nock­burn High, Stir­ling Univer­sity, McLaren Leisure Cen­tre, Mariner Cen­tre, Falkirk, Denny High and Grange­mouth Sports Com­plex.

How­ever, for Stir­ling High and Ban­nock­burn High, prior book­ing must be made. Ac­tive Stir­ling chief ex­ec­u­tive, An­drew Bain said: “We ap­pre­ci­ate it has taken some time in con­junc­tion with many part­ners, to co–or­di­nate a com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme for swim­ming and ac­cess to other fa­cil­i­ties across Stir­ling and Falkirk and that cus­tomers have had to wait to hear what op­tions there are for swim­ming whilst the Peak pools are closed un­til March, 2019. We hope this pro­gramme will go some way to meet­ing de­mand so there ex­ists as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble for pub­lic swim­ming, learn to swim cus­tomers, swim­ming for mem­bers and aqua fit­ness classes.

“The clo­sure of the Peak pools was an en­tirely un­ex­pected sit­u­a­tion and we have worked hard to try and re–pro­gramme all ex­ist­ing ac­tiv­i­ties as quickly as pos­si­ble thanks to the help and will­ing­ness of our em­ploy­ees and part­ners in Stir­ling and Falkirk.

“We’d like to thank all our cus­tomers for their pa­tience dur­ing this time and as­sure you that we con­tinue to progress the re­pair work to The PEAK pools as a pri­or­ity, as safely and as quickly as we pos­si­bly can so we can re-open in March 2019.”

Coun­cil­lor Chris Kane, con­venor of the com­mu­nity plan­ning and re­gen­er­a­tion com­mit­tee which over­sees sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity as well as the part­ner­ship with Ac­tive Stir­ling, said: “I’m sure this in­for­ma­tion will come as a re­lief to Ac­tive Stir­ling’s cus­tomers who have been pa­tiently wait­ing for this clar­ity.

“The ex­tended clo­sure of the pool was a unique sit­u­a­tion where there was no sim­ple or quick so­lu­tion to bring for­ward such a com­pre­hen­sive re–pro­vi­sion of swim­ming.

“Thank­fully these ar­range­ments have now been fi­nalised and we will con­tinue to work with Ac­tive Stir­ling dur­ing this pe­riod of un­fore­seen clo­sure to en­sure we reach the tar­get to re­open in March next year.”

Cus­tomers are also to be re­im­bursed for any swim­ming les­sons they have ar­ranged at the Peak this month.

New ar­range­ments The Peak swim­ming pools shut un­til March

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