Weather and tides dictate pool work schedule
MAJOR repairs, lasting up to six weeks, to the seaward side of the granite wall at the southern end of the Ladies’ Pool have begun this week.
An Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services spokesman has said every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum for pool users, however some impact will be inevitable.
‘Owing to the nature of the work, there may be periods when it will be necessary to drain the pool,’ they said.
‘The railings at the southern end of the pool will be removed prior to works commencing and during this time there will be no access to the walkway at that end of the pool or the diving board until the works are complete.’
Swimmers are advised to remain within the pool area during these works due to the scaffold and the uneven edge of the platform wall being broken out.
It is anticipated that the work will take six weeks as only a few hours each day can be completed due to tidal movements.
Work has also started to refurbish the public toilets at the Ladies’ Pool. This will also take approximately six weeks and temporary facilities have been provided.
The cost for both these works is in the region of £60,000.
It is intended that all works at the Ladies’ Pool will be completed before the start of the school summer holidays in July. However, the timing is to a large extent dictated by the tides and weather.
‘Careful consideration was given to starting the work in September, but tidal conditions are less favourable during the early part of autumn and if storms occurred during this period, there is increased risk of damage being incurred to the pool wall during the project,’ said the ACLMS spokesman,
‘The States apologises for the short-term inconvenience to pool users caused by this essential work.’