Bid to improve Splash Pool in Rushden

Concerns have been raised about the condition of Splash Pool in Rushden
Concerns have been raised about the condition of Splash Pool in Rushden
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Work is being undertaken to find ways to improve a town centre pool which swimmers say has deteriorated in recent years.

Concerns have been raised by people who regularly use Rushden’s Splash Pool, saying they are appalled at the lack of care for the facilities.

Concerns have been raised about the condition of Splash Pool in Rushden

Concerns have been raised about the condition of Splash Pool in Rushden

They say many of the lockers do not work, the state of the tiling in the showers is poor and a device to help you find your locker is broken and taped up.

Ross Cousens said: “I and many of the other regular users of Rushden Splash have seen the massive deterioration in general maintenance of the facilities over the last three to four years.”

Councillors discussed the centre, which is managed by Aspirations Wellbeing on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council, earlier this year and decided they did not want to close it.

However, they now need to find ways to keep it open without spending huge amounts.

Concerns have been raised about the condition of Splash Pool in Rushden

Concerns have been raised about the condition of Splash Pool in Rushden

Council chief executive David Oliver said: “It’s nearly 20 years old and anything that is that old is going to deteriorate a bit.

“The council said they don’t want to close it so at the moment we are looking at some improvements.

“It’s a case of trying to find a happy medium in terms of spending money that we can afford because it is not going to be a wholesale refit using millions of pounds because we haven’t got that money.”

A report looking at ways to improve the centre will be considered by councillors in April.

The authority has invested in the Pemberton Centre in Rushden and the Nene Centre in Thrapston in the past 12 months to enhance the health and fitness provision and generate additional income as part of an Invest to Save project.

However, it is felt that while spending money on Splash Pool may improve the customer experience, it would not save money for the council.