Rothesay pool in line for major upgrade

Rothesay Leisure Pool is set to undergo a massive renovation to the tune of £400,000 – work which, according to one local councillor, has to be done now to prevent a compulsory closure in the future.

Councillor Len Scoullar told Bute Community Council (BCC) this week that the swimming pool and gymnasium will be closed to the public from March until early June to allow the work to take place.

However, when one BCC member questioned Cllr Scoullar over the proposed cost, he stated that without this work, the pool was at risk of being compulsorily closed.

Cllr Scoullar told The Buteman: “When you build a swimming pool, you form a concrete tank, then a special lining is prepared all around its surface to which the tiles are added, and the lining allows movement due to temperature, settlement and vibration occurring.

“This lining saves the tiling from cracking or worse, and the one at our pool is apparently in very poor shape, which could have caused compulsory closure if not redone.

“It is not, as was suggested, as a result of neglect, but of wear and tear and age, apparently.”

In addition to the work on the pool itself,, a staff changing room is to be included - at present staff members change in a storage room.

A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council said: “The council has plans to refurbish Rothesay Leisure Pool between the beginning of March and mid June. 

“The planned work includes repairs to the roof and tiling in the pool, shower and changing area, creating a new gym, relocating and renewing the health suite and a new steam room.  We will also be replacing the lockers.

“Drawings showing the proposed changes will be on public display in the pool from Monday, January 30.

“During the time the pool is closed, gym and fitness classes will move to Rothesay Pavilion. 

“Timetable information will be available from mid-February and we will, of course, be contacting members with a range of available options during this period.”