Leisure Centre Update 21 December 2018
21st February 2019
We are pleased to report that work is progressing in the Pool plantroom to replace the heat exchanger, boilers and ventilation system.
The revised schedule has bypassed the need to apply for planning permission for external ventilation (which could likely have been rejected on account of the size and noise). Planning Regulations have changed considerably since the original build 17 years ago.
A big thank you to our Development Manager Owein Mattey who has been pushing this project forward for months – it’s been quite a headache.
As far as we know at this point, the installation will be complete by the end of the month; there may be a day or two to commission and check levels and trouble shoot, but we expect the Pool to be heated to a comfortable temperature by the end Feb/beginning of March. We will put up notices (and flags!!) and update this page.
Thanks for your patience. We hope that the Leisure Centre will behave itself from now on ….
RTM Director (Leisure Centre)
Update on Pool works 23rd January 2019
As we reported, three boilers have failed along with the heat exchanger, all of which are obsolete. We have tried tirelessly to find parts to carry out temporary repairs, so that we could provide some service while ordering new boilers for installation. The 3 new boilers and heat exchanger have been on order since before Xmas. An unforeseen complication arose this month – as the Leisure Centre is now 18 years old we were told by the contractors that current Building Regulations demand a different ventilation system and therefore we would have to apply for Planning Permission for the new flu system on the outside of the Leisure Centre building just north of the bus stop on Dumballs Road. The equipment would be large and noisy and probably not welcomed by residents above or on the other side of the road, so it wouldn’t be a foregone conclusion that planning permission would be granted. The contractors have provided an alternative solution, a ‘forced’ ventilation system, which can go ahead immediately, so works should be completed within 3-4 weeks/mid-February.
We appreciate that this is very frustrating for pool users, but the gym, sauna and jacuzzi are operating as normal.
Updates will be posted here and in the Leisure Centre.