Pool users reassured over Scartho Baths closure
THE CLOSURE of Scartho Baths has been re-confirmed.
North East Lincolnshire council and its partners Sport Leisure Management, who currently manage the facility, are reminding members and users that the venue in Scartho Road will not close until the new centre has been built.
Management at the pool also want to reassure members that they continue their existing contracts with the new facilities.
The area of land that sits behind Scartho swimming pool, Barretts Recreation Ground, which includes the tennis facilities and football pitches, is not affected by the development and it only affects the area of land currently occupied by the pool.
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Councillor Mick Burnett, portfolio holder for tourism and culture, said: “I want to reassure users that Scartho will not close before the new facility is up and running.
“We made the decision to build a new leisure facility to replace Scartho because the facility will need at least £1.6 million to ensure it is fit for use over the next five to ten years.
“However, we have one major problem as this cost excludes the cost of replacing the pool tank should it fail. A recent review of the facility by external contractors showed that there would be no affordable solution should this be the case.
“It is much more financially prudent to put this money towards a new facility that will serve the community for years to come.
“This new facility will be a marked improvement on the current ageing Scartho Baths pool, and in this economic climate we will ensure that it meets the needs of as many of our users as possible.
“We will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and if there is any additional funding that we can make use of, of course we will investigate all options.”
There has been no decision made on the future of the land when it is vacant.
It will be declared as surplus to leisure requirements and will go on the council’s asset register.