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Concerns have been raised over staffing levels, employee morale and chlorine levels at Spalding’s Castle Swimming Pool.

At last week’s full district council meeting, opposition leader Angela Newton spoke about issues raised with her by whistleblowers and members of the public.

Coun Newton referenced a recent presentation made by bosses from Parkwood Leisure - which runs the Castle and Peele leisure facilities for the council - where promises were made that the facility was adequately staffed.

The Castle Swimming Pool in Spalding
The Castle Swimming Pool in Spalding

She said: “They did assure us that the pool was fully staffed but this week there’s quite a lot of talk that several people have left and it’s not a happy ship.”

Coun Newton had also been told that: “Chlorine levels have been so high that swimmers are suffering.”

She said the issue had made swimmers feel ill and that one person’s costume was ruined by bleach.

Portfolio holder Gary Taylor was absent from the meeting, but Coun Newton was promised a response from him.

Leader Gary Porter said he knew nothing of the matters at the pool issue and reiterated his stance that water is ‘not for playing in and drinking, it’s only for washing with’.

After the meeting, the Free Press put the points raised to contractors.

A statement from Lex Leisure, the Parkwood subsidiary which runs the Castle Sports Centre on behalf of South Holland District Council, said: “Like many organisations in the service sector, we do currently have some vacancies and we are actively recruiting.

“Looking to the future, we’re running a full training course, leading to a recognised National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and potential employment.

“Anyone who is interested is welcome to contact us.

“In terms of chlorine content, whilst this has always been within acceptable tolerances, the main pool was closed for 24 hours last month as a precaution.

“An engineer attended the site and made minor adjustments in the plant room. At no point was the water unsafe or any swimmers put at any risk.”

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