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Early New Year re-opening for Ashbourne pool

Contractors and insurance assessors have this week revealed that fire damage at Derbyshire Dales District Council's Ashbourne Leisure Centre will keep the pool there closed until early in the new year.

The pool hasn't been available since a blaze broke out late on Saturday 26 July, although all "dryside" facilities - including the fitness suite, sports hall and squash courts - have remained open as usual.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"We are devastated by this news and sympathise with our regular customers. Early investigations suggested we might be able to reopen the pool in the autumn, but a more detailed inspection has revealed that the damage to the plant room and other parts of the leisure centre are worse than we first feared.

"The various contractors involved in the recent upgrade of the leisure centre met together on Tuesday and there was agreement that the full extent of the damage won't be known until decontamination work is complete.

"We share our customers' frustration about not being able to commission repairs before now, but, just like any domestic householder, we can only start to spend money when our insurers give the go-ahead."

The cost of repairs at the present time is likely to be around £150,000, a major expense being the replacement of two damaged filtration units, but there's also a decontamination issue to address in smoke-damaged areas including the new changing village, where, thankfully, there was no structural impact. Loss of income is estimated at a further £150,000.

For more information, clubs, members and people who have booked parties and swimming lessons can call in at main reception or contact the leisure centre by email at ashbourneleisurecentre@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or call 01335 343 712.

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