A three-year wait, but after just three months centre closes
West Fifers waited three long years for Carnegie Leisure Centre to re-open - then three months later the pools are now closed.
Both the main and children's swimming pools were closed to the public last Sunday (1st April) for what the council described as "snagging work".
The timing could not be worse for Dunfermline parents as thousands of school children broke off for their Easter Holidays last Friday.
Dunfermline councillor Joe Rosiejak labelled the Leisure Trust's timing of the closure as "daft" and claimed they should have waited until after the holidays were over.
Councillor Rosiejak said, "The work has to be done and no matter when we do it it will offend people. The powers that be have made their decision and they seem to think this is the best time to do it.
"I would have thought common sense would have prevailed and we could have waited until a week or a fortnight after the school holidays were over.
"My hands are tied as it is the Fife Leisure Trust's decision. It's a wee bit daft as we are looking to encourage people to use the leisure facilities and it would have helped a lot of families during the holiday period."
The pools are set to re-open this Sunday (8th April), though the training pool has been available for public swimming and club training whilst the work is being carried out.
A Fife Council spokesperson claimed that the first week of the Easter holidays was the best time to carry out the repair work.
She said, "It means there is no disruption to the popular core blocks of swimming lessons, and the Trust can still offer swimming clubs and customers wishing to have a casual swim the opportunity to use the 25 metre training pool in the facility."
The £17.5 million refurbished centre re-opened in November last year but many facilities, including a programme for fitness classes and access to the swimming pool, were not available until January.
Head of Leisure and Cultural Services Grant Ward said, "Due to essential snagging work being carried out within Carnegie Leisure Centre, it will be necessary to close both the main and children's swimming pools to public use from Sunday 1st April to Sunday 8th April.
"To minimise disruption, the training pool will be available for public swimming and club training whilst the work is being carried out."
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Apr 9, 19:23
Apr 11, 20:48
Based on the comment above I reckon the Education Department need to have a word with themselves too.
That would be "allowed" then?
Look its not ideal but more kids would have been affected if the closure was done outwith the swimming lessons break. There is still a 25m pool there which can be used. Which is bigger than many other pools in the area.
Get over it
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Apr 12, 17:02
Apr 12, 17:29
Think yourselves lucky Dunfermline.
Your 25m Training pool (that is still open), is 25m longer than the pool in Dalgety Bay!
Unless you want to swim in the Forth that is.
Aye its all take take take
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