A COMMUNITY pool should remain closed for another year so that major repairs can be made.
The swimming pool at Consett Leisure Center was closed last spring and was unable to reopen after the first coronavirus lockdown for security reasons.
The facility opened in 2015 following the development of a new academy and recreation center which also included the relocation of the city football club and the renovation of the rugby club.
Until 2018, the center was managed by a third-party recreation trust.
Durham County Council took over management of the Consett Leisure Center in 2018 and became aware of a number of significant flaws, including with regard to the swimming pool.
The situation was further complicated because the original construction contractor Carillion, who would be responsible for rectifying the problems, had gone out of business.
County Durham Councilor Owen Temple, who represents Consett, last year called for a thorough review of the entire complex.
He said: “For months, councilors have been left in the dark and unable to reassure anxious residents.
“It is essential now that we receive regular updates so that we can verify that the project is going as planned.
“We simply cannot accept a new deadline. ”
Durham County Council has now completed a detailed engineering assessment of the work required to repair the pool.
It is understood that the work should last up to 12 months and will have to be delivered by a specialized contractor.
During the works, the rest of the leisure center will remain open.
Arrangements are in place to try to minimize the impact on users of the site as much as possible, including the provision of additional fitness classes.
Pool users will be accommodated in other centers.
Councilor Carl Marshall, Cabinet Member of the Economic Regeneration Authority, said: “Safety is our top priority and while we are pushing for a solution as soon as possible, the pool will unfortunately remain closed until the end of the day. end of the works.
“We remain committed to providing first-class and accessible recreational facilities throughout the county to encourage physical activity that will help people live long and independent lives.
“We have ambitious plans to invest in and transform our recreation services while regenerating our local economy, so our communities can access the services they rightly deserve. ”
The authority could take legal action for the major repair work that is needed.
Cllr Marshall added: “We are extremely disappointed and frustrated with the situation caused by the historical problems of entrepreneurs.
“We are thinking about our legal position.