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Spalding's Castle Sports Centre firm 'under more scrutiny'

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With a swimming pool being forced to close yet again this week, councillors heard the contractors in charge will be ‘under more scrutiny’.

The diving pool at Spalding’s Castle Sports Centre was closed on Monday due to an issue with its chemical levels.

And during a meeting of South Holland District Council’s Performance Monitoring Panel last week, councillors were told that operator Parkwood Leisure is set to face much tougher inspections.

Castle Swimming Pool, Spalding. (57029680)
Castle Swimming Pool, Spalding. (57029680)

When asked by Coun Angela Newton if the company had ‘overcome its problems’, officer Phil Perry, assistant director leisure and culture, said: “We are working towards that and work is being undertaken when it comes to staffing. There is a training programme going forward and we are recruiting additional managers.”

Mr Perry also discussed plans for a consultation, but was met with disappointment when he was unable to give a timescale on when this will take place.

Chairman Bryan Alcock added: “What is causing concern is the performance of the contractors who have been plagued with things out of their control and some within their control which they need to get on with.”

Speaking after the meeting, a spokesman for Parkwood-owned Lex Leisure, which runs Castle Sports Centre on behalf of South Holland District Council, said: “The diving pool was closed for part of Monday and was not able to be opened until after the swim club session, once the required chemical parameters had returned to acceptable levels.

“Further works are being progressed to fully identify and rectify the recent problems experienced with the diving pool.

“The main and learner pools have remained open, as per the timetable.”

The pool was also closed earlier this month due to an electrical surge.

There are also hopes that staffing levels are beginning to improve and will continue to as school exams come to an end.

The spokesman added: “Staffing levels have improved following a recent lifeguard course, as well as some additional recruitment, and with school exams finishing we expect to have further improved cover availability in the coming weeks.”

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