It is hoped that Thurles Swimming pool will be back in operation sometime in December. An indept report has recently been carried out, with a list of specifications drawn up, and the job will now go to tender.
Thurles had waited years for the swimming pool to reopen in town.
Costing €4 million people were enjoying it. Everything was going well, the gym complementing the swimming pool, and classes in the pool were a real success.
The leisure centre was part of peoples daily routine. That was until the sudden closure on the 13th May of the swimming pool, with no date for its re-opening.
An architect was called in to assess the damage and he has recently finished his report.
A council official told the Star, “his report was very thorough and detailed. The specifications have been finalised and the tender will be going out this week. The Leisure Centre will be deciding who gets the contract. The work itself will be a slow process.”
The job will go to tender and companies will have two weeks to register their interest.
They will have to re-tile the floor, walls and steps of the pool. This job has been estimated at between 8-10 weeks. It will then take close to a week for the pool to be filled and roughly another week getting the water up to temperature.
General manager of the Centre, Céline Bowyer, said “the damage done was extensive and it’s important to us to get the job done properly. We have tried hard to provide the best service possible for our customers and we apologise for any inconveience caused. We would like to thank the council for all they have done to keep the centre open.”
All the people we have spoken to know the importance of the centre to the area.
Councillors, leisure centre and county council staff have all been working hard to get the project moving along. It must be noted that it is in no ones interest to have the pool closed as the centre is running at a loss while it remains closed.
They all agree that patience is needed now to ensure we don’t have a similar situation again. No one would argue with that sentiment.