The much anticipated date for reopening of the pool and health suite at the Riverside Leisure Centre has been confirmed as 24th July.
Labour Candidates in both the forthcoming City and County are proud of the the City Council’s Labour Group’s decision to keep working to repair the building even after a range of significant structural defects were uncovered. This decision has meant the new Leisure Service is able to keep this much loved facility for the West of Exe residents and the pool will come back into use soon.
In the photograph are
- Yvonne Atkinson – Alphington & Cowick – DCC Candidate
- Phil Bialyk – Exwick Exeter City Council Labour Candidate
- Rob Hannaford – St Thomas – Exeter City Council Candidate and Exwick & St Thomas DCC Candidate
The Labour Leader on the City Council, Phil Bialyk said:
“I am delighted to announce that the pool and spa at the Riverside Leisure Centre are set to reopen, we now have a firm date when this important local facility back in action.
When people go back they will see a refurbished and refreshed look and a new health suite and spa, this will bring the whole of the Riverside Leisure Centre to full use.
As you know there were a lot of serious building flaws uncovered after fire and fixing them has taken longer than anyone could have imagined, but we had to do the right thing and that is what we have done.
I do want to really thank everyone for their patience. It has been a long wait but I am really pleased we will have the Riverside Leisure Centre back in action again soon”
The pool and health suite have remained closed since fire broke out at the centre, although the gym and sports halls were able to quickly reopen after the fire. While the fire damage was being repaired, a progression of serious structural weaknesses unrelated to the fire were uncovered, which had to be rectified to make the building safe. These works have been complex and challenging but are finally reaching conclusion. The pool and changing rooms have a fresh look and completely new health suite and spa to welcome centre users back.