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NEWS IN BRIEF
POOLS FACE CLOSURE IF NOT
Certikin roles change
Richard Way’s role as Certikin’s
STAFFED BY LIFEGUARDS
Sales Director has been expanded
in 2009 to include responsibility A group of public children’s
for the Heating and Ventilation paddling pools are likely to be
division, which handles the closed down after a health and
promotion and sales of all Calorex. safety report said they should
This is a natural progression be staffed by lifeguards.
following Richard’s appointment at Carmarthenshire Council is
the end of 2006 to Sales Director also blaming the rising costs of
for the Pools, Spa & Sauna, repairing vandalism for
Commercial, CertiChem, Certikin considering the move.
North, One Piece Pools and Endless Five pools are affected. The
Summer divisions. Responsibility for local council wants them to be
the Heating and Ventilation division supervised by attendants with
had previously been held by Ben life-saving training but not
Studdy who will now focus on his qualified lifeguards.
Even paddling pools need lifeguards
role of commercial director with Clive Scourfield, the council’s
responsibilities for Business Executive Board Member for
Development and Marketing. Leisure, said safety and supervision in the same way that “One of the biggest
Managing director, Neil Murray, insurance audits had demanded our swimming pools are problems we have is vandalism
said “Consolidating sales under the change. permanently attended when in in the night,” he added.
Richard’s control makes good A council committee was use by lifeguards.” “Broken glass and drug
business sense as we can combine asked to look at the future But he added: “The total cost paraphernalia is frequently
resources to offer a better service running of the eight pools. implications are enormous for found in the pools. Everything
to customers. Richard’s knowledge Councillor Scourfield said: little and sporadic use. has to be thoroughly cleaned
of the Calorex portfolio is “Safety and insurance audits “It is becoming increasingly before the pools can be filled.
extensive and he is already well have suggested that the more difficult to manage these In many cases this summer
acquainted with most of his new paddling pools should be facilities because of vandalism they had to be drained as soon
customer base.” fenced off to prevent the and stray dogs.” as they were filled because of
intrusion of dogs at all times. Many of the pools are in a dog fouling and smashed glass
“It has also called for poor state of repair. having to be cleared.”
£13m pool handed over
Middleton’s new £13m sports
centre in the heart of Rochdale
town centre has been officially
handed over to Link4Life, the New plug kit from
BRADFORD’S £25M
SHOWPIECE POOL
Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural A £25m bid for Government
Trust, who will manage the new
centre for Rochdale Borough Pipestoppers
funding has been made by
Bradford Council for a
Council, and will open its doors in showpiece swimming pool
the New Year. The 7,300m
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The Pipestoppers Division of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques and ice rink complex in the
Middleton Arena will provide Limited has launched a kit of the most commonly used plugs for city centre.
sports and entertainment facilities pool and spa users, operators and service companies. The new A feasibility study has also
for the area including two product is in response todemand from several pool and spa owners identified a need for three
swimming pools and sports hall. and service companies for their range of Nylon Pipe plugs. new pools in South Bradford,
The kit is contained in an ABS carry case, with pre-cut forms Bingley and Queensbury.
inside, for holding the Nylon plugs and the U Gauge Manometer But the report to the
Basildon pool has pressure testing kit. council’s executive increases
highest accidents The Plugs are manufactured the uncertainty over the
One swimming pool in Basildon is from Nylon 6 which is an future of one of Bradford’s
the site of 28% of all accidents engineering plastic and have a community swimming pools.
reported to the local authority, central shaft over which two The ‘supply-and-demand’
new figures reveal. Accident logs circular plates are located. investigation carried out by
released under the Freedom of Between each set of plates Genesis Consultants for Jane
Information Act detail 68 incidents is a natural rubber ring, Glaister, the Strategic Director
at Gloucester Park pool in which is compressed as the of Culture, Tourism and Sport,
Broadmayne, between January wing not on the shaft is suggests that if city centre pool
and September this year. The 40- tightened, thus sealing plans go ahead, Manningham
year-old pool has logged more the plug tightly in a Pool could be closed without
than four times as many incidents hole to prevent reducing choice or accessibility
as any other local pool. Logs leakage of for pool users.
describe one incident in June in gas or It also considers the
which a swimmer was found liquid. implications of closing the
unresponsive and with his eyes Richard Dunn Sports Centre,
closed in the pool. Another admitting this would “slightly
incident in May details a child with
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