Gas problem closes pool

A TOWN'S swimming pool has been put out of action after problems with the gas supply needed to heat the sport facility.

A TOWN'S swimming pool has been put out of action after problems with the gas supply needed to heat the water.

People hoping to pop in for a swim at Leiston Leisure Centre are being advised by Suffolk Coastal District Council to try one of the district's other pools because a gas supply problem means that the pools at Leiston will mostly likely be closed for most of this week.

Specialist contractors have been called in to put right the problem with the gas pipe but council officers said it was likely that the pools will be out of action until Saturday at the earliest.

“Without gas, we cannot keep the pool water temperature up to the level our swimmers normally enjoy, and so we are closing the pool from tonight, although the rest of the centre will be open to business,” said Simon Tappenden, manager for DC Leisure which runs the council's sports centres.

“We will get everything back to normal as quickly as possible, but have to rely on the experts on this one, and the first indications are that it could take three days to put it right.”

He added: “We are sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause, but I would remind people that we have alternative pools on offer at Woodbridge, as well as Felixstowe.

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“Anyone who is missing out on a pre-booked swimming session will of course be offered an alternative or a refund.”

It is not just the 25 metre pool and its neighbouring toddler pool that is affected. The steam room and sauna will also be closed, and while the sports hall will still be open, there will be no hot water or heating on offer.

Anyone who wants to find out the latest information should contact Leiston Leisure Centre directly on 01728 830364.

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