Ashbourne swimming pool returns with a splash

Ashbourne Leisure Centre has returned to full capacity with the swimming pool being opened after last year’s fire.

An arson attack on the centre at the end of July last year closed the pool after damaging the plant room. The centre’s filtration units were put out of action and extensive smoke damage was caused throughout the main pool area.

Repair work has been carried out in the past five months while the pool has been closed, at a cost of around £150,000 but that work could only start once the fire investigation work had been concluded and contractors had assessed the extent of the damage.

The only part of the facility that will remain closed is the new £175,000 open plan ‘changing village’. That area of the centre is due to open on Monday January 19th after work is completed on the village, which has been funded by a grant for the full amount from Sport England and was due to be unveiled when fire broke out back in July.

The new changing Village is the latest in a series of improvements made to the Leisure Centre by Derbyshire Dales District Council, including the work required on the swimming pool and the new changing village they have also spent an additional £60,000 on improvements to their fitness suite, which was also funded from an external source and was opened to the public and members of the centre just before Christmas.

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