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Inverness Leisure pools to reopen this afternoon after inspection 'okay'

By Philip Murray

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Inverness Leisure centre, near Bught Park.
Inverness Leisure centre, near Bught Park.

THE pools at Inverness Leisure are to reopen this afternoon after an inspection and temporary repair work.

The pools were closed over the Easter weekend after a routine inspection found some of the windows in the roof could pose a threat.

Scaffolding was erected over the weekend to give engineers a chance to more closely examine the windows and make repairs.

These found that one window required work, and temporary repairs have now been carried out. The scaffolding is expected to remain in place however, ahead of further inspections and a more permanent fix.

A spokesman said: “On inspection it was clear there was one window along the roof junction that required immediate attention and this has now been attended to.

“We are now pleased to say that appropriate remedial works have been agreed which has made all of the windows safe and therefore will allow the pools to re-open to the general public at 4pm this afternoon.

“As the work undertaken by the contractor is sufficient to enable the pools to reopen, we can confirm that the public will still see the scaffolding remain in place to enable further assessments to be undertaken and the permanent repairs carried out over the next couple of weeks.

"We can however assure our many customers that the area is now deemed to be safe therefore allowing the pools to reopen for the remainder of the school Easter break.

“We would once again apologise for the inconvenience this brief closure has caused but hope our customers understand our reasoning for taking the decision to do so. We would also thank the many customers who have been in touch over the last few days with kind words and support for the safety decision being taken so quickly.”

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