Work underway to safely reopen Shrewsbury’s Quarry Swimming Pool

Shropshire Council says it is working hard with partners to find a way for the Quarry Swimming Pool in Shrewsbury town centre to be reopened safely.

The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre in Shrewsbury
The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre in Shrewsbury

The council and Shropshire Community Leisure Trust (The Trust) are working to provide a safe environment for users, staff and the local community.

Implementing the Government guidance for reopening has been extremely challenging across the UK. Only 1 in 5 swimming pools were able to open at the end of July 2020. The Trust was only able to open one swimming facility, and the council were only recently able to reopen the facilities it directly manages.

While other facilities across the county have reopened, there are reasons for the continued closure of The Quarry that are specific to the site.

Firstly, the nature of the building itself makes it incredibly difficult to implement 2m social distancing as per the Government guidelines. The Trust is currently reviewing how they can put in place suitable one-way systems to allow access.

Secondly, none of the areas of the building, apart from the pool halls, comply with the COVID-19-secure guidance for ventilation – no access is therefore currently allowable to reception area, foyer, circulation areas, fitness suite, studio or spa. The council will be installing ventilation units but, due to the considerable cost, will have to prioritise the areas this applies to.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said: “We are committed to getting The Quarry Swimming Pool open again,but it must be done safely during these challenging times.

“We fully understand and share the frustration people are feeling, and we’re doing everything in our power to reopen the facility for public use. Along with the Trust, we’re experiencing significant challenges that you may expect from an older building with limited space for 2m social distancing. The nature of the building will result in extremely limited usage, but we’re expecting feedback shortly. Thank you for being so patient but please bear with us.”

Chris Stanbrook, contract manager for the Shropshire Community Leisure Trust, said:

“The safety of our customers and the people who work at our centres is our number one priority. We will not compromise on this issue, and as soon as we are confident that it is safe to do so, for colleagues and customers, we will be looking to reopen this much-loved local facility.”

Supporting Shropshire Live...
Shropshire Live
Shropshire Live has been providing Shropshire with independent news and entertainment since 2009. Send us your news to interact@shropshirelive.com or call 01743 818 095. For advertising information call Fiona on 01743 816 817.
Advertise with us for £50 per week

Advertisement Feature

Full Fibre shares video depicting journey of bringing its fibre network to Shrewsbury

Broadband company Full Fibre has teamed up with a local production company to create a video showing their journey of building a real fibre optic network in Shrewsbury.

Have you future proofed your business?

Preparing your business for the future is as important as focussing on the here and now.
- Advertising -
Advertise with Shropshire Live for £50 per week

Walk-in coronavirus test centre opens at Harper Adams University

The first of a set of walk-in coronavirus testing facilities that will help testing to be more accessible opened at Harper Adams University today.

Police to target motorists who ignore rules when overtaking cyclists

West Mercia Police are taking part in an initiative to clamp down on motorists not giving enough space when overtaking cyclists.
Shrewsbury High School has been educating girls in the heart of Shrewsbury since 1885

Shrewsbury High School to unite on single site as part of ongoing development

Shrewsbury High School has announced plans to unite on one site as part of the School’s ongoing development and aspirations for the future.
Shropshire’s Keith Smith received the region’s 2020 lifetime achievement award

Shropshire nominations invited for 2021 LTA Tennis Awards

Nominations are invited from across Shropshire to highlight the outstanding contribution of individuals, clubs and venues in the annual Lawn Tennis Association Awards.

Former Shrewsbury Town striker lauds signing of Leon Clarke

Former Shrewsbury Town striker Dean Edwards has lauded the signing of experienced striker Leon Clarke.
A ladies session at Hawkstone Park Golf Club

Hawkstone Park Golf Club achieves Women in Golf Charter

Hawkstone Park Golf Club has become the first golf establishment in Shropshire to achieve the women in golf charter to increase the number of women and girls playing and working in golf.
- Advertising -
Marie Brooks and Åsa Thompson at Sansaw

Sansaw Estate in new lettings partnership

Sansaw Estate has unveiled its partnership with Shrewsbury property firm Monks Estate and Letting Agents, who will take over lettings, marketing and inspections across the extensive residential portfolio.
Russ Cockburn from Cucumber PR will host a workshop titled ‘Creating the Headlines’

Masterclass series launched to help firms to bounce back from Covid-19

Shropshire businesses can tap into a 12-week programme of expert classes to help them upskill their workforces and bounce back from Covid-19.
Debbie and Paul Carvell outside Mystique in Shrewsbury

Mystique unveils new contemporary e-commerce website

A Shrewsbury lingerie, swimwear and nightwear specialist has launched a brand new e-commerce website to help attract a new target audience.
The exhibition aims to reveal the artistic talent on Shrewsbury’s streets and give insight into what it is really like to sleep rough and live with mental health issues

The Shrewsbury Ark mounts public art exhibition to raise awareness of homeless

An exhibition is set to reveal the artistic talent on Shrewsbury’s streets and give and insight into what it is really like to sleep rough and live with mental health issues.
Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin and Millie Bobbie Brown filming at Severn Valley Railway. Photo: Netflix

Severn Valley Railway stars in prestigious Enola Holmes movie

Severn Valley Railway plays an important role in the latest film release on Netflix, Enola Holmes.
Lucy McIvor has launched a walk and talk service

New walk and talk service launches in Shrewsbury

Counsellor Lucy McIvor has launched a walk and talk service in a rural location, to combine both mental and physical wellbeing.
- Advertising -
The Iron Bridge will be illuminated on both Saturday and Sunday evening

Iron Bridge and the Gorge to be lit up this weekend

As part of the popular “Festival of Imagination”, people can see a ‘night of light’ in Ironbridge this weekend, celebrating the area’s World Heritage Site status.
Jan Park, Vice Chair, in her studio

Art trail extended with new exhibition after record-breaking year

The Secret Severn Art Trail is being extended with an exciting new exhibition after the number of visitors and sales of artists’ work for the 10-day event broke all previous years’ records.
Traders in around The Square have said the music has been a great success

Music in The Square extended into September

Live music in the centre of Shrewsbury has been declared an outstanding success, with the scheme being extended into September.
Jon and Peggy plant Black Poplar trees in the forest around the roastery in south Shropshire

Shropshire coffee company furthers its green credentials

A Shropshire-based coffee company is making a positive environmental impact not only with its packaging and ‘off-grid’ roastery but also a tree planting scheme.
Karen Lee and Sian Ryan of The Walnut celebrating the awards

Wellington’s Walnut wins national award

Staff at a Wellington restaurant are celebrating after hearing it has won two top accolades.
Beth Heath of Shropshire Hamper Company

New hamper company celebrates great Shropshire food

Shropshire Festivals are bringing local food companies together with the launch of the Shropshire Hamper Company in time for Christmas gift buying.
- Advertisment -

Advertisement Feature

Weather

Shropshire
few clouds
12.4 ° C
13 °
12.2 °
54 %
3.6kmh
20 %
Thu
13 °
Fri
13 °
Sat
12 °
Sun
14 °
Mon
15 °
- Advertisment -
- Advertisment -

Latest Articles

- Advertisment -