‘District council failed over pool cleanliness’

David Whyte, one of our readers who aired complaints about the pool last month. SG200117-104TW
David Whyte, one of our readers who aired complaints about the pool last month. SG200117-104TW
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A district council panel chairman has pointed to council failings over enforcement of its contract with operators of Spalding’s Castle Swimming Complex.

Complaints about filth and mould at the pool resurfaced in January when our readers sent in pictures of conditions in changing rooms.

Last year, a task group chaired by Independent councillor Graham Dark made a string of recommendations to improve conditions there, including employment of a full-time cleaner.

An update to the task group reveals steps have been taken to employ one 30-hour cleaner and one six-hour cleaner and that 1Life’s regional managers have approved use of an external contractor to deep clean “problem areas”.

The update also reveals there is ongoing monitoring by 1Life, which operates the pool on the council’s behalf, to keep the site clean.

Coun Bryan Alcock is an Independent who chairs the council’s performance monitoring panel – effectively an internal watchdog on council matters.

He has welcomed the steps to remedy problems at the pool.

Coun Alcock said: “I think everybody is trying to get the facility to work better but unfortunately the authority hasn’t enforced the contract quite as enthusiastically as they should have done.

“I think everybody on the council sincerely hopes that the problems have now been resolved but the only way we will know that is by the general public making their observations.”