Investigations by Derbyshire Dales District Council are still ongoing into a problem that has closed the teaching pool at our Arc Leisure Matlock since the middle of last month.
But assessments have revealed that the root cause of what was thought originally to be a small issue of tiles needing to be replaced is a more significant problem which will require all remaining tiles in the pool floor to be removed and completely replaced.
External contractors are being secured to undertake the work next month and the main pool will remain open throughout. To encourage families to continue to swim together, Arc Leisure Matlock are offering family swimming for a discounted £5 until the teaching pool eventually reopens.
While some scheduled swimming lessons have been switched to the main pool, others have been cancelled and parents informed of how to reclaim fees.
A District Council spokesperson said:
"This has been a frustrating few weeks for users and staff and we are keen to keep everyone informed of progress. When something like this happens at a council facility less than five years after it opening, local people will understand that we have a duty of care not only to protect the health and safety of our users but to investigate thoroughly before taking any decision to use public money to fix the problem.
"In this case an initial assessment was followed by a more detailed investigation and a core drilling exercise to ensure that whatever repairs we make are permanent and not a quick fix. We do of course apologise again to regular customers for the length of time it has taken to get to this stage, which, unfortunately, has been unavoidable."
More will be known about the likely reopening date once a contractor has been appointed.