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Kidsgrove swimming pool re-opens
The swimming pool at Kidsgrove Sports Centre has finally re-opened after being closed for over a year but residents are being warned ‘use it or lose it’.
comparison to the council’s other leisure site.” Three options have been identified to bring the facility up to date: replacement at a cost of £6 million, full refurbishment at a cost of £4.5 million or a reduced refurbishment costing £2.5 million (giving around 12 years of extra life but not including the outdoor pitches).
While the report states that the Council remain comThe pool was forced to shut last Autumn when the roof The long term viability of Kidsgrove Sports Centre remains in doubt mited to providing quality sports facilities in Kidswas damaged in a storm. Repairs were delayed and extra essential repairs to the electrics were discovered, taking the final bill grove there are at present no known short or medium term sources of funding. A long term route may be through sales of land which would for repairs to nearly £200,000. The re-opening was marked with a weekend of free events to get resi- become available if the school is rebuilt under the Private Finance Inidents and users back into the habit of using Kidsgrove Sports Centre for tiative on a smaller footprint, but the government are not due to start discussions with the school until 2015. their swimming activities. In the meantime sources of funding to maintain the current range of But now there is a ‘use it or lose it’ warning to Kidsgrove residents. facilities need to be indentified and residents encouraged to use the faThe Sports Centre is owned by Staffordshire County Council and was cility to bring in revenue. The report states: “The immediate success opened in 1976, and was last refurbished in 1999. Now 36 years old the of the centre now relies on sufficient numbers of centre is considered to be at the end of it’s life span. Despite the repairs swimmers, gym and class users returning and using the Centre’s long term viability remains in doubt though following a the facility and the avoidance of further building report which has revealed that it will cost millions to bring the facilities failures.” up to a satisfactory standard. The report states that “The centre requires a sizeable subsidy and due to the current range of facilities and general condition of the building, it fails to provide a quality experience, by
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