Wiltshire Council and DC Leisure are pleased to announce that following the fire on December 18, work is on target so the parts of the building not directly damaged by the fire can be re-opened on March 28.
On December 18, 11 fire appliances and 50 firefighters attended a fire at Lime Kiln Leisure Centre. The fire damage centred on the health suite, male and female swimming changing rooms, and the main corridor. It caused significant structural and roof damage in these areas, as well as the swimming pool plant room and there was further heavy smoke pollution in the swimming pool hall itself.
Both Wiltshire Council and DC Leisure recognise the inconvenience the closure was having on the many frequent users of Lime Kiln and concerted efforts have been made to re-instate the key areas of the centre not directly damaged by the fire. These include the reception, sports hall, fitness room, squash courts and meeting room, as well as the creation of a new separate changing area for school pupils. Pending any unforeseen problems, work is on target to be completed in time to open these areas of the building on 28 March.
DC Leisure, which manages the facility on behalf of Wiltshire Council, will be writing to all regular users to inform them of this date and to confirm booking details. Invites will also be sent to representatives of the major clubs which use these facilities to visit the centre prior to the opening to allow them to acquaint themselves with the facility. An opening weekend is also being planned and will be publicised shortly.
The re-instatement of the swimming pool and the associated facilities will be linked to wider discussions which will assess opportunities to create a campus in Wootton Bassett as the present situation allows scope to link any remedial works a long term vision for the town. Discussions regarding the campus should begin at the next meeting of the Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board on March 23.
Jerry Kunkler, portfolio holder for leisure, said: “I am very pleased the re-instatement works are on target for completion by March 28. I appreciate the impact the closure of Lime Kiln has had on the local community, and we have concentrated our efforts on getting the parts of the buildings least affected by the fire open at the earliest opportunity. I know local residents are very concerned the swimming pool is not opening at the same time. The damage in this area is extensive and we will be considering with the local community the best and most cost efficient way of integrating this work with the anticipated campus provision in the area.”
Any members of the public who have any queries regarding memberships or activities should contact DC Leisure at the Olympiad on 01249 444144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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