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NEWS IN BRIEF
PENTAIR CUTS WORK
FORCE IN THE US
Pentair Inc., the water pumps New North East pool
and filter manufacturer, is to A swimming pool in
cut 1,600 jobs in the United Middlesbrough could be the hub
States as the business of a new leisure development in
continues to slow. the town. The idea of a new pool
The company said that is put forward in a Middlesbrough
although it took aggressive Sport and Physical Activity
cost-cutting actions earlier strategy document. The
this year, “global economic possibility that Middlesbrough
conditions declined more could be in line for another
quickly and intensely than swimming pool was welcomed by
forecasted.” Graeme Smith, Chairman of
The 1,600 jobs represent a Middlesbrough Swimming Club.
little more than 10% of “For the level of swimmer we are
Pentair’s global work force. trying to bring through you need
In its quarterly report for as much water time as possible
the three months ended 27 and the biggest problem we have
September, Pentair already is the lack of water time to
had started to see signs that progress the club.”
its business was slowing.
Income from continuing
operations was $41.4m in that Pool opens after three
quarter, compared with years work
$59.3m in the same quarter of A Newmarket swimming pool is
2007. The company’s now open more than three years
products for residential after work started.
NEW PINELOG SITE
swimming pools have seen a The new pool which has been
steep drop in sales, related to built as part of an extension to the
the housing crunch. In the first town’s leisure centre, has been
STEPS UP PROFILE
quarter of 2009, volume in the dogged by controversy over
pool business is expected to delays and rising costs – believed
Pinelog‘s has a new website -in keeping with its reputation as a leader drop 25% year-on-year. to be around £14m from an
in architecturally designed leisure buildings. “Given our experience original estimate of just over £8m.
The new site – www.pinelog.co.uk/swimming-pools.html contains dealing with difficult The High Street pool, which
detailed information on Pinelog’s products, including domestic indoor residential markets for two dates from 1936 originally an
swimming pools. years now, we believe outdoor pool, closed on 12
Supporting literature and price lists can either be requested or additional actions are December. Newmarket Rotary
downloaded for viewing and visitors can navigate through necessary to ensure our Club and Swimming will host a
sections.Examples of recent projects and Frequently Asked Questions operations are realistically charity Swimalong - the first event
are also included. preparing for broader at the new pool.
“Eye-catching and user friendly“ is the verdict from Ian Grant, challenges,” Randy Hogan,
Pinelog’s Marketing Director: “The updated website illustrates our Pentair’s CEO, said.
capabilities in domestic swimming pools and with bigger pictures and Pentair said it is closing Council subsidies every
clearer content, it will create a much improved first impression of our 15 plants, including eight in pool visit by £4
capabilities and provide visitors with a wealth of information to help the US. Oxford’s swimming pools and
them make an educated decision in specifying their requirements.” leisure centres may be handed to
a private charitable organisation
to run. The city council is reviving
the previous administration plan
Stay safe campaign launched by Horsham
to give away the leisure services
to an outside body because it
Horsham has launched a high ‘Walk – don’t run!’ “In common with all costs the local authority too much
profile campaign to reduce Keep young children close by swimming pool operators we money. It is hoped that a
accidents in and around the pool. and under control recognise that changing areas charitable trust would be able to
Horsham District Council in Use the blue overshoes have inherent risks that can lead raise enough money to build a
conjunction with DC Leisure provided before entering to slips and trips. In addition to swimming pool in Blackbird Leys.
Ltd, who manage and operate changing areas introducing and further Bob Timbs, City Councillor in
some of the council’s leisure investigating a number of charge of leisure, said: “The
centres, has started a A consequence of following physical measures to reduce the leisure department is the council’s
campaign to help maintain these three simple steps will be risks, we feel that this pro-active biggest loss-maker and it is a top
high levels of safety in improved levels of hygiene and approach will help reduce the priority to tackle this. We cannot
changing areas and on cleanliness and a reduction in number of slips, trips and continue in the way that we are
poolside at The Pavilions In the numbers of slips, trips and accidents that occur in changing doing. I estimate that we are
The Park (Horsham), Steyning accidents. areas and on poolside. With subsidising every visit to Temple
Leisure Centre, and Steve Hawker, Recreation nearly 500,000 swims a year at Cowley Pools by about £4 per
Billingshurst Leisure Centre. Manager for Horsham District our pools it is important that we person. The council would like to
It focused on three Council, is enthusiastic about do all we can to provide a safe build a brand new competition
messages for swimmers: the campaign: environment for swimmers.” swimming pool.”
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