Plan floated to again open moth­balled pool

Com­mu­nity: Plans for a fea­si­bil­ity study into re­in­state­ment

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY STEPHEN WALSH

Hopes have been raised that a closed city swim­ming pool could soon be re­opened.

The Ha­zle­head pool, for­merly run by Sport Aberdeen, was one of two com­mu­nity swim­ming fa­cil­i­ties axed in Au­gust 2016 by the then Labour-led coun­cil. It has been boarded up since.

How­ever, the clo­sure of another fa­cil­ity has sparked fresh hopes it can tem­po­rar­ily be re­opened.

North­field pool was closed in March due to tech­ni­cal and elec­tri­cal is­sues with the wa­ter plant and re­mains so for re­pairs.

Now coun­cil­lor Jen­nifer Ste­wart has pro­posed of­fi­cers carry out a fea­si­bil­ity study on bring­ing Ha­zle­head back into use while these works are car­ried out.

She said: “I never wanted the pool to be shut in the first place and I have tried and tried to get it re­opened.

“Now that North­field is also closed it’s mak­ing it more and more dif­fi­cult for peo­ple in my area to ac­cess these fa­cil­i­ties, par­tic­u­larly if they can’t drive.

“The other thing I am be­ing told is that it’s dif­fi­cult to get booked onto classes at Bucks­burn pool be­cause it’s so busy.

“Ev­ery­one knows swim­ming is a great and healthy op­tion for ex­er­cis­ing, par­tic­u­larly for those with mo­bil­ity is­sues.”

Mrs Ste­wart has vis­ited Ha­zle­head and be­lieves that it would take min­i­mal work to get it up and run­ning again.

She added: “It would need to be filled with wa­ter again ob­vi­ously but there’s no tiles miss­ing and they are all in a good con­di­tion.

“There’s no rea­son why it can’t be open sooner rather than later, there just needs to be a will­ing­ness for that to hap­pen.

“It seems to me that we shouldn’t be giv­ing out a mes­sage telling peo­ple to be ac­tive if these fa­cil­i­ties are be­ing re­moved.”

Mrs Ste­wart’s pro­pos­als will be dis­cussed at the cap­i­tal pro­gramme com­mit­tee meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

If ap­proved, it will cost up to £50,000, and of­fi­cers will re­port back to the com­mit­tee in Septem­ber.

“I never wanted the pool to be shut in the first place”

EX­ER­CISE: Coun­cil­lor Jen­nifer Ste­wart wants to see the Ha­zle­head pool open again for busi­ness af­ter North­field pool was also closed

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