Overspill from pool closure felt elsewhere

THE closure of Elland Pool has resulted in dozens of swimming lessons being transferred elsewhere.

The knock-on effect has limited opportunities from this month for those using Halifax, Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge pools.

Calderdale Council gave the Courier a list of 51 lessons which had been moved and and said it apologised for those inconvenienced.

And, due to four schools using Sowerby Bridge Pool users have been informed the main pool is closed to the public on Fridays from 9.15am to noon.

The teaching pool will be shut from 1pm to 3pm on Fridays and aquafit, which used to run from 11.15 am to noon, is cancelled also.

The council shut Elland Pool suddenly last month due to structural defects which included severe corrosion in iron roof supports.

There has since been a backlash by users and local people who fear the pool will not reopen.

Councillor David Hardy (Lib-Dem, Elland) said the knock-on effect highlighted its value.

“It shows the facility provided a service and it was wrong investment wasn’t put into it,” he said.

“I don’t see that investment forthcoming now as with the structural damage it’s not going to be feasible.

“Problems have got progressively worse and the austerity over the next couple of years will be worse than the last 12 months.”

Eighteen months ago a closure notice on the baths was rescinded by the new administration, said Coun Hardy. “But, now structural engineers won’t sign it off and without that there is no insurance.”

A report into the state of the building is currently being prepared before any decisions are taken by councillors but the council has intimated it’s unlikely to re-open.

It said the baths had been costing £140,000 annually to run and usage had dropped by half since 2006.