Oval now open - seven months late

SPLASH DOWN: The Oval pool, Bebington, is at last once again open for business

SPLASH DOWN: The Oval pool, Bebington, is at last once again open for business

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THE OVAL sports centre and swimming pool, blighted by troubles for months, is finally due to open its doors on Saturday.

The final part of the £2.4m revamp has been the completion of the swimming pool complex seven months behind schedule.

The delay was caused because Wirral council originally told contractors the wrong number of swimming lanes to lay - and then couldn’t make its mind up.

But test sessions with a variety of different user groups are taking place this week and the pool will finally reopen to the public for a full programme from Saturday.

The new complex and chan-ging village incorporates many “accessibility” features, such as warmer water, a ramp allowing access to both pools, hoists and wheelchair storage. Other aspects of the refurbishment, such as the eco-friendly lighting and the development of eight new, short-side football pitches and the revamp of the main sports hall, were already completed and open to the public some weeks ago.

Site manager Mike Henderson said: “We’ve had a few snags and hiccups in the past, but the place now looks great and we can now claim to be one of the best equipped facilities in the area.

“We have listened to the public and user groups through a consultation process and taken all their ideas on board. So far we’ve had a really positive feedback. Before the closure in June 2007 we were bringing in £750,000 per year, we now we need to get people coming back to the centre.

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1:54pm Thu 27 Nov 08

glenn, moreton says...

What a waste of effort. The council will close it down in a few weeks to cover for the money they lost in the Icelandic bank.
What a waste of effort. The council will close it down in a few weeks to cover for the money they lost in the Icelandic bank. glenn, moreton
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1:56pm Thu 27 Nov 08

glenn, moreton says...

What a waste of effort. The council will close it down in a few weeks like everything else to cover for all our money they lost in Iceland.
What a waste of effort. The council will close it down in a few weeks like everything else to cover for all our money they lost in Iceland. glenn, moreton
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10:53pm Sun 30 Nov 08

Jaws says...

In view of the proposals to close two swimming pools and another one under threat, it would have been better to have made The Oval a 12 lane pool so they can accommodate over 1000 children a week who use the Pool at Woodchurch. If plans go ahead to close it down, where do all those children go to? Where do all the school children have their swim lessons, other pools cannot accommodate them unless they take even more time off from public swims. I am a Swimming Teacher with Woodchurch Swimming club and the membership grows and grows every week. The club keeps children off the streets, healthy, happy and sociable citizens.It would be a crime to close two pools which are so important for the young and elderly to have available locally.
Jaws
In view of the proposals to close two swimming pools and another one under threat, it would have been better to have made The Oval a 12 lane pool so they can accommodate over 1000 children a week who use the Pool at Woodchurch. If plans go ahead to close it down, where do all those children go to? Where do all the school children have their swim lessons, other pools cannot accommodate them unless they take even more time off from public swims. I am a Swimming Teacher with Woodchurch Swimming club and the membership grows and grows every week. The club keeps children off the streets, healthy, happy and sociable citizens.It would be a crime to close two pools which are so important for the young and elderly to have available locally. Jaws Jaws
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