Kettering Swimming Pool closed for at least two or three weeks

By Mick Scrimshaw on June 24, 2017

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Kettering Borough Council have issued the statement below explaining that the swimming pool will now be closed for at least another two or three weeks. This is a huge disappointment to users, but at least they appear to be taking the recent incident seriously. I have been told that the management company who run the pool on behalf of the Council have had concerns about the pool’s ceiling for the past five years following a similar incident. I have had the gap on the wooden ceiling left from that incident pointed out to me. The management company also claim that the owners (Kettering Borough Council) have done nothing about it during that time.

I am also urgently trying to find out from the Council what arrangements they intend to put in place to refund those that pay monthly by Direct Debit to use the pool.

Kettering Swimming Pool - Update

Following the incident at the Kettering Swimming Pool on Tuesday 20 June 2017 where a small piece of ceiling panelling fell from the ceiling, Kettering Borough Council has now completed an initial investigation into the cause.

It has been deemed necessary to carry out a more detailed assessment of the ceiling of the room housing the swimming pool. In order to achieve this, a specialist contractor is being commissioned to provide the equipment necessary for the Council to carry out this more detailed safety assessment and to take the necessary corrective action.

It is likely that the additional assessment and any corrective action will take a further 2 – 3 weeks to complete. However, a further update will be provided once more information is known.

Please note that only the swimming pool is affected by the temporary closure. The gym remains open for use.

Kettering Borough Council is sorry for the inconvenience caused, however safety of the service’s users is of paramount importance.

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Mick Scrimshaw is the Leader of the Labour Group at Kettering Borough Council, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance at Northamptonshire County Council. He has a public record of standing up for Kettering as a County Councillor for the Northall division in Kettering, Northants and since May 2015, a Borough Councillor for the William Knibb ward. He is a keen cyclist and also runs a family business with his wife.

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