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22/11/2018 2:00 p.m.
Thursday 22 November, 2018
The EA Networks Centre (EANC) pools, changing
rooms and stadium will be temporarily closed to the public for a period of time
in January 2019 while routine maintenance work is carried out.
The pools and changing rooms will be
unavailable to the public from Monday 7 – Sunday 20 January while grouting and
sealant replacement is completed on three of the four pools. Other maintenance
work will also be carried out in the changing rooms during this period.
Although regular visitors will not be able to access the pools during this
time, training squads will still be able to use the main pool only.
The stadium will also be closed from Monday
14 – Friday 25 January to allow for an additional curtain division to be
“This routine work will help ensure that the Centre continues to be in fit working order, and – in the case of the
additional curtain divider, will enhance the facility even more for users,”
Council Group Manager of Service Delivery, Neil McCann says.
“These types of pool closures can usually take up to five weeks, which would be a
significant inconvenience to visitors, so we’ve done our best to minimise the
disruption and have reduced that closure period to just two weeks. We will also
be opening the Tinwald pool for longer hours during the closure to help provide
an alternative option for swimmers.”
The Tinwald pool will be open from 9am – 7pm
while the EANC pools are closed, an additional three hours more than usual.
Learn to Swim classes will also be run at the Tinwald pool during this time.
People with Gold and Platinum memberships to
the EANC pools will receive a credit on their membership fee in the following
payment cycle. People with a Silver pool membership will not be charged their
membership fee during the closure. The gym and café facilities at the Centre will
not be affected during the temporary closures.
The pools and changing rooms are expected to
reopen at 5.45am, Monday 21 January, while the stadium will be open to the
public from 7.00am, Saturday 26 January 2019.
“We appreciate the community’s understanding
during these up-coming closure dates, and apologise for any inconvenience it
may cause some visitors,” Mr McCann adds.