Wednesday 12 June 2019
A major repair to the seaward side of the granite wall at the southern end of the Ladies' Pool has begun this week.
Every effort will be made to retain access so that swimmers are able to use the Ladies' Pool for most of the time the repairs are taking place. However, owing to the nature of the work, there may be periods when it will be necessary to drain the pool. 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. The work on the pool wall will be undertaken by Stoneworks.
Work to refurbish the public toilets at the Ladies' Pool has also started for approximately six weeks and temporary toilet facilities have been provided on site. The roof has recently been renewed and new sanitary ware, automatic hand wash/driers, and new flooring will be installed. The contractor for the refurbishment is VidCon Ltd and 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 of these works 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.
The States apologises for the short-term inconvenience to pool users caused by this essential work.