Repairs needed to roof of aquatic centre
3:24pm 17th February 2017
(Updated 3:26pm 17th February 2017)
Sunderland aquatic centre could close for up to nine months next year as repair work is carried out to part of it's roof.
It opened less than 9 years ago at a cost of 20 million pounds.
Council chiefs are looking to take legal action over the matter.
The council have given us this statement:-
The City Council is looking to close Sunderland Aquatic Centre next year, 2018, to allow substantial repairs and remedial work to be carried out to the roof of the swimming pool area.
These works are required to remedy problems with condensation and leaks. To allow for the necessary arrangements to be put in place the works will be carried out next year and it is estimated they will take 6-9 months to complete. During the period of the works it is anticipated some dry- side facilities will remain in use such as the gym and changing areas.
In parallel, the Council has issued legal proceedings in respect of the remedial works that are now required to be undertaken.
Cabinet Secretary Councillor Mel Speding, said: "Much as we don't want to close the pool at the Aquatic Centre for any length of time it is essential that this happens at some point in 2018 to allow the structural repairs that are needed to go ahead.
"We very much recognise that Sunderland Aquatic Centre is not only an asset for the city but for the region as a whole which is why we have agreed to commission this remedial work so we can get the pool back up and running as soon as possible.
"There's never going to be a good time to carry out this kind of work but we will be working with our partners Everyone Active, who manage the city's sports and leisure facilities on our behalf, to minimise the impact on users as much as much as we possibly can."
Aquatic Centre users will be able to use the pools at Hetton, Silksworth, Washington and the Raich Carter Centre and other Everyone Active facilities across the city during the pool's closure. Efforts will also be made to accommodate learn to swim lessons and school swimming lessons at the city's other pools.
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