EDDC splash out £380,000 to save Honiton swimming pool

Honiton Swimming Pool Picture: LED

Honiton Swimming Pool Picture: LED - Credit: Archant

Much needed refurbishment work to make Honiton Swimming Pool a ‘pleasing, pleasant, hygienic venue’ has been agreed.

East Devon District Council’s cabinet on Wednesday (October 28) night heard that the swimming pool was ‘in a very poor state’ and that if nothing was done, the pool may have to close.

Councillors approved a £380,000 spending on measures that would provide a permanent solution to the current damp ingress issues. Steve Pratten, Interim Principal Surveyor, told councillors this required the existing floor and part of the wall finishes and underlining screed and plaster to be removed, along with the wall and floor tiles, sundry fittings and fixtures such as WCs, toilet partitions and lockers etc. He said: “The condition on the reception area, changing rooms and associated other rooms, excluding the pool hall, at Honiton Swimming Pool has continued to deteriorate. Following a recent survey, it has been established that there is water ingress both internally from the showers / changing rooms and externally through the walls. This has caused additional issues associated with rising damp and efflorescence, which in turn has resulted in a further deleterious effect on the finishes and fittings. There are also issues with the existing M&E installation with a lack of mechanical ventilation and local heating. “Remedial works need to be undertaken to correct the water ingress that will require all the screed in the areas to be removed including the associated floor, part of the wall tiling, all associated fixtures and fittings and subsequently replaced after treatment.

“In the circumstances, it is considered that the opportunity should be taken to both refurbish the affected areas and replace the defective elements of the M&E installation. This refurbishment work will enable Honiton Swimming Pool to be a more a pleasing, pleasant, hygienic venue to visit, and as result will be more attractive to the public.” Cllr Mike Allen said that he was issuing a plea on behalf of the people of Honiton to go ahead and do the work. He said: “It is just not up to modern standards and I have constant complaints about the dated environment and dangerous environment. We need to do it properly and we need to do it fast.” Cllr Paul Hayward, cabinet member for economy, added: “This is supposed to be an amenity for the people of Honiton, but it is not performing. Let’s improve the facility and get people healthy and swimming. We cannot have a facility that is unsafe and not fit for purpose.” Cllr Jack Rowland added: “If we did nothing, the pool would have to close, and that is not an option as it is essential for the community.” The cabinet agreed to the refurbishment works, recommended to full council that funds should be set aside for the work, and also asked to assess the potential for solar panels and air source heat pumps for the pool to try and reduce carbon emissions.

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