Test Valley Borough Council have announced this week that the long awaited temporary swimming pool in Andover, is to be delayed yet again.
Andover's only swimming pool was closed on 1st April 2017, following the decision by TVBC to award their leisure contract to Places for People Leisure Management which would see the pool close for over two years.
The closure of the busy central pool has left thousands of people without local swimming facilities, along with hundreds of children unable to have essential potential life saving swimming lessons.
Many of the councillors voting for the change in management were unaware of the prolonged closure and following a public outcry, rushed through plans for a temporary pool.
In May 2017, TVBC gave itself permission for a temporary pool to be built in central Andover, on releasing the news the opening was promised to be in August 2017. However in August 2017, TVBC announced that the opening would be delayed until the end of September 2017 and now it is not expected to open until 20th October 2017.
The TVBC Media team released the following press release:
The contractor building the temporary swimming pool for Andover has told us that they are unable to meet the revised completion date of 29 September.
Total Swimming informed the Council on Wednesday that the pool opening would have to be delayed until Oct 20th at midday.
Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward said: “Together with Places for People Leisure, we are extremely frustrated by this news and share the disappointment of our residents.”
Total Swimming’s MD Steve Parry said “The delay is extremely frustrating for all parties. Despite the delay we are confident that the public will benefit from a truly world class facility that we are delivering for the council.”
Andover Leisure Centre will be in touch with those people who have made bookings. In the meantime, customers are still able to use Fleming Park Leisure Centre in Eastleigh and River Park Leisure Centre in Winchester, under the current arrangements.”
The Council and Places for People Leisure will continue to work with the other interim swimming venues to ensure the swimming club can continue to use those facilities until the temporary pool is opened.
Once the temporary pool opens it will remain available for use until the new Andover Leisure Centre is completed.
Construction on the new Andover Leisure Centre which is being undertaken by a different contractor as part of the leisure management contract has already begun and is on track to open Spring 2019 as planned. Customers can see the latest photographs and keep up-to-date on construction news at:www.placesforpeopleleisure.org/centres/andover-leisure-centre/