‘Dirty, mouldy and cold’ – and now the Free Press has images to prove it.
Pictures showing mould creeping down walls illustrate some of the complaints received on a regular basis about the sports facility at Castle Sports Complex in Spalding.
In addition swimmers claim the pool is too cold – especially for children – and they would rather travel miles to other facilities than use it.
However, in spite of complaints, some councillors are getting increasingly frustrated that the problems continue – so much so Coun Pete Williams has submitted these photographs taken at the weekend as proof.
Concern was last raised at the September meeting of Spalding Town Forum by its chairman Coun George Aley, who had received a number of complaints himself.
This sparked a lively debate in which Coun Graham Dark, chairman of a disabled swimming club, described the changing rooms as “disgusting” and Coun Angela Newton rejected a suggestion the next meeting should be held there because “they stink”.
It is cleaned every 15 minutes. The pool temperature is kept at 28C, but when the air temperature changes it can feel different. While you have one pool for so many different uses you are going to have different opinionsCoun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for community
Coun Williams, whose Punchbowl pub football teams prefer to travel further to use the Monks House Playing Field changing room, said: “In these time of austerity it is unrealistic to consider a new facility, but the council does have enough money to keep them clean. The people of Spalding deserve that.”
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News of interest by Sport England in investing in leisure facilities in the area was announced to South Holland District Council in October last year.
It followed a visit by a leisure task group reviewing Castle Sports Complex to five new-build and refurbished centres.
The Free Press launched a survey to ask residents if they would be prepared to pay extra council tax after council leader Gary Porter suggested a new-build could cost more than £20million. Discussions were put on hold until after the General Election. Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for community, has continued to defend Castle Sports Complex staff. In September he said: “The swimming pool is fit for purpose and we have a maintenance budget to ensure it stays this way.”
This week he added: “You have to remember it is a 40-year-old council-run facility and not one you have to pay an expensive membership to use.
“It is cleaned every 15 minutes. The pool temperature is kept at 28C, but when the air temperature changes it can feel different. While you have one pool for so many different uses you are going to have different opinions.”
A council spokesperson said: “Our contract with 1Life runs until 2018 and we will continue to work with them, monitor performance and make improvements to the facility where necessary.”