If the Olympic swimming programme inspires you to go to the pool at West Swindon’s leisure centre, you’ll have to wait until 9 September to dive in.
Customers are being reminded that a number of refurbishment projects will be taking place at the Link Centre this summer, one of which will involve the closure of the swimming pool from 30 July.
The pool itself will be completely retiled at a cost of £75,000.
It is a further boost to the swimming facilities at the Link after £90,000 was spent last summer refurbishing the changing rooms and maintaining the roof pillars.
A council spokesman said the closure coincides with the quietest period in the swimming pool’s calendar as there are no school swimming sessions, while some of the swimming clubs who use the pool take a break during August.
The council has written to all regular users of the pool to inform them of the closure and have offered swimming clubs who use the pool alternative sessions at other council-owned pools in the town.
The centre is also undergoing major refurbishment at plans were approved by Swindon councillors last year to replace the roof and also to repaint the distinct and unmissable white external steel skeleton of the building.
Scaffolding has been erected around the centre to allow cleaning and decorating to take place.
The work will also see the re-roofing of the leisure centre and replacement of the skylights as part of a project likely to cost up to £1million.
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Strategic Transport, said: “The Link Centre is 27 years old and in need of refurbishment. I’m pleased we will see some real improvements to the external fabric of the building and the leisure facilities themselves.
“The work on the roof is badly needed and the retiling of the swimming pool will complement the refurbishment carried out last year and give us a facility we can continue to be proud of.”
The Link Centre will continue to operate as normal during the pool closure and external refurbishment work. Swimming will be available at the Health Hydro, Highworth Recreation Centre and Dorcan Recreation Complex.
For more information about swimming opportunities in Swindon at: www.swindon.gov.uk/swimming
Top, Keith Williams taking a last dip before closure. Below, Keith with Link Centre programme manager Dave Maine