Pool problems persist at Parklands in Okehampton

By Sally Shipton in Community News

SWIMMERS who use the pool at Parklands Leisure Centre have expressed frustration that the pool’s shallow end flooring was still broken.

In March, the pool closed for two days due to technical problems with the shallow end flooring. It re-opened on March 23, however, swimmers said the problem with the floor continued.

Margaret Wray, a regular pool user, said: ‘The flooring at the shallow end of the pool is still broken, this makes it impossible for adult swimmers to swim full lengths of the pool.’

She explained that the moveable flooring in the pool, which enables both adults and children to use the pool, had been stuck at the shallowest level for about two months.

‘It’s dangerous as when you reach the shallow end its likely that you’ll stub your toe or scratch your knees.’

‘It’s a lovely pool, the staff and facilities are great, but I’ve said I won’t renew my membership until the problem is fixed as the broken flooring makes it difficult for me to swim.’

Parklands Leisure Centre members were also concerned that the broken flooring was affecting the classes which they pay for.

Cllr Carole Holt said: ‘The Aqua Fit class on a Thursday morning, which we used to do in the shallow end, has been moved to the deeper end due to the broken floor.

‘The shallow end used to be ideal for class as the water came up to your waist, now it’s far too shallow meaning we have a much tougher session in the deep end.’

A spokesperson for Parklands Leisure Centre said: ‘The moveable flooring at the shallow end of the floor is currently stuck at one level. It is a technical problem that we have been informed will be fixed in the first two weeks of June, however we are pushing for this date to be sooner.

‘We are very sorry to all our swimmers for any inconvenience this has caused.’

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