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NEWS IN BRIEF
VIKING COMPLETES BESPOKE 10
Ipswich pools makeover
PERSON SAUNA IN THE WIRRAL
A bid to give Ipswich’s swimming
pools a radical makeover has been Viking Saunas and Steam
New Wirral sauna from Viking offers
launched. Rooms has completed the
mood lighting and concealed heating
A report on possible installation of a bespoke 10
developments at Fore Street person sauna for Wirral
swimming pool, Crown Pools and Borough Council’s Guinea Gap
Broomhill Pool has been published Baths leisure facility. The sauna
which explores the issues of replaced the original model
improvements and health and and provides contemporary
safety measures. The options features such as mood lighting
include a £300,000 makeover and concealed heating.
which would mean a massive Centre Manager, Lorraine
renovation project, including Banks said: “It is important that
repairs to the roof, retiling the we provide the best facilities
floor and general redecoration according to their needs. We are
work. Judy Terry, who presented delighted with the new sauna.
the report to the Executive Improvements like having a
Committee, is hoping that a £4m concealed heater means that we
bid for improvements at Crown can control it which avoids any
Pools will be granted. mistreatment, knowingly or
unknowingly, of the facility.
“On average we get 200
Wiral pool open people per week using the
The Wirral’s flagship sports centre sauna which is a slight increase
pool is finally open. The Oval in on before which is good. But the
Bebington closed in June last year. main thing is that we no longer
A construction blunder in the get any complaints.”
summer initially saw only five lanes Pam Sadler, Managing
tiled into the pool, rather than the Director of Viking Saunas said:
six required by the Amateur “Our bespoke saunas and steam
Swimming Association for rooms are proving popular
competitions. At first the council installations for local authorities.
said it would be too expensive to When dealing with any leisure
rip up the tiles and make the extra club facility whether it’s public or existing sauna is also a very option rather than replacement.”
lane, but later decided to re-tile private, it is important that successful alternative, especially
the pool. The new pool and disruption is kept to a minimum if budgets are tight. We provide
VIKING SAUNAS
changing area incorporates and that revenue is not wasted. free, on-site surveys, to ascertain
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accessibility features such as Refurbishing and upgrading an whether refurbishment is an
warmer water, a ramp allowing
access to both pools, hoists and
wheelchair storage.
SCARBOROUGH SWITCHES TO
Highland pools at risk
Some of the Highland Council’s
STA FOR SWIM PROGRAMMES
13 swimming pools in Scotland
may be closed in a drive to save Scarborough is the latest local through other separate swimming teachers. In our case,
money. Critics say such a authority to switch to the organisations. the Scarborough Indoor Pool
decision would fly in the face of Swimming Teachers Association “Following a study of the utilises its existing Lifeguarding
Scottish Government policy on for teaching and learn to swim STA’s swimming qualifications staff to teach the lessons, many
promoting healthy lifestyles. programmes. The local and awards, I personally visited of whom are university
The education, culture and authority has converted its the STA’s headquarters in Walsall students. Therefore with new
sport department – which is swimming lessons over to the and my eyes were opened to the teaching staff being introduced
responsible for half the local STA at the Scarborough Indoor significance of the opportunities, from time to time, the cost of
authority’s current £569m Pool, with the second pool at the cost savings that can be registering as a teaching centre
budget – has the heftiest target Whitby Leisure Centre set to achieved and the support and employing a tutor had
saving of £10.5m, having begin operating the scheme in systems in place. become very restrictive with
already made £17.5m of early 2009. “After a full and detailed our previous provider.
cutbacks over the last three Chris Hughes, Pools evaluation, the decision made “Under the STA, the total
years. The council has swimming Manager at Scarborough by the local authority to convert cost of qualifying staff as
pools at Alness, Culloden, Borough Council’s Tourism and its swimming programmes over swimming teachers was found
Dingwall, Fort William, Golspie, Culture services said: “Even to the STA was based on a to be considerably less than
Grantown, Invergordon, Nairn, though STA looked interesting combination of factors.” similar organisations.”
Portree, Tain, Thurso, Ullapool to say the least, the question He said value for money was a
and Wick, but it was unclear ‘Why Change?’ needed to be key factor. ”In order to deliver a
STA
which venues might be asked, especially when we course of quality swimming
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considered for disposal. already had systems set-up lessons a centre requires qualified
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