SPN (Swimming Pool News) June 2022

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IN BRIEF INGLETON SWIMMING POOL JOINS HPB Historic Pools of Britain are delighted to announce their newest member pool, Ingleton Swimming Pool in Carnforth. Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the village of Ingleton, with the River Doe and Ingleton Waterfalls Trail close by, this pool is a community star. Opened in 1933 thanks to the efforts of local volunteers, who included striking miners, it’s been serving local people ever since and in summer is a popular attraction for visitors. Chair of Historic Pools of Britain, Amanda Harwood, commented: “We are thrilled to see Ingleton Swimming Pool taking its place on the now famous Historic Pools of Britain map. This thriving community lido is a great example to others around the country who want to see their communities benefit from the wellbeing that they can generate.”

CHLORINE SHORTAGE CAUSES PUBLIC POOL ISSUES ACROSS THE UK A shortage of chlorine within the UK has forced a number of commercial swimming pools to close or reduce their availability to swimmers, with operators blaming a combination of factors including logistics and shipping issues, driver shortages, a production fall in China, a fire at a US chemical plant, COVID, Brexit and the ongoing war in Ukraine. Chris Hayes, Managing Director of SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) recently advised that some pool chemical companies were experiencing supply chain difficulties but the issues should be short-term. PWTAG (The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) confirmed there was a national shortage of calcium hypochlorite resulting in the closures and prices being driven up more than 50%.

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Perfectly Proportioned Slide Makes An Impact In London Garden Produced in 316 stainless steel, the Cyma slide from Splinterworks is the company’s smallest slide, however it is equal to their other slides in every sense; intelligently designed, custom-made and lovingly crafted by hand. Two options on the overall height make it a neat slide for a compact space. Therefore, Cyma’s spaceconscious design is ideal for townhouse gardens, city spaces, indoor pools, or for families with younger children. Crafted in marine-grade mirror polished steel, its beguiling reflections are endlessly captivating. Forever reflecting the changing seasons, it creates sculptural intrigue at any time of the year. This installation of Cyma took place in October and provided these beautiful colours as a backdrop, and some wonderful reflections in the Cyma slide.

Ideally proportioned for this London townhouse garden, Cyma makes a striking sculptural highlight. Added to a natural water swimming pool, simplicity and clean lines were at the heart of the elegant pool and landscape design. Safety is paramount for the company and Splinterworks’ proprietary cooling system works in three ways to ensure the slides safe to use, in even the hottest conditions. The company install slides in some of the hottest climates in the world, and they are all designed to cool down to usable temperature in 15 seconds. Quick enough for even the most enthusiastic pool user! Splinterworks 01225 255525 www.splinterworks.com

Plan For Enhanced Swimming Experience In Bedfordshire Takes Its Next Step Ambitious plans to build a new £25m community and leisure centre at Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire are taking their next step. Regarding the provision of wet leisure specifically, the proposals for the new facility include an eight-lane 25 metre community swimming pool, which is more than double the size of the pool at the existing Houghton Regis Leisure Centre. There will be a dedicated learner pool with a movable floor to raise or lower the depth for swimming lessons and other activities and a separate splash pool. This is all part of an enhanced swimming experience. A formal agreement with nearby Houstone School will mean the local community can tap into the exceptional modern sports facilities being built there too. Councillor Tracey Stock, Executive Member

for Health and Wellbeing and Communities, said: “This is a once in a generation opportunity to build a fantastic new leisure and community facility for Houghton Regis. The much bigger, new centre will transform the leisure provision by offering superior facilities for residents. When you combine the new leisure centre with what is available at the school, it offers a comprehensive package of the very latest sports and leisure facilities. The plan will now be subject to a planning consultation and will be considered by the Development Management Committee in July this year. Subject to planning approval, construction would start in winter 2022 and be complete in summer 2024. The existing Houghton Regis Leisure Centre would remain open throughout the works.

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