PORT Glasgow swimming pool is set to re-open next month after a funding plan was agreed by Inverclyde Council.
The move follows concern that Inverclyde Leisure was unable to open the facility alongside others in the area because of costs. Now the council has stepped in to provide £51,000 to get the pool up and running again.
Inverclyde Council leader and convener of the council’s policy and resources committee, Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “I hope the new funding package by the council to support Inverclyde Leisure will be welcomed by the community to make sure people in Port Glasgow can get access to the local swimming pool.”
Port Glasgow swimming pool is expected to re-open on 5 October and will operate using the same model as Gourock outdoor swimming pool and Greenock’s Waterfront leisure complex main pool with appropriate safety measures in place.
Capacity will be set at 16 customers for each session, eight in each lane. Adults and children aged eight and over can attend. Only children that are competent swimmers can attend.
Swimming lessons will also be re-introduced with reduced capacities and shorter session time to ensure a safe customer flow and to reduce the number of people in the facility at any given time.
Inverclyde’s sports champion, Councillor Ronnie Ahlfeld said: “While customer safety will be the priority and swimmers will see changes to their swimming sessions, it is extremely positive and welcome that the Port Glasgow pool will re-open.
“It means the pools in Inverclyde’s three towns will be open to encourage more swimmers to enjoy leisure opportunities and to support our young people with swimming lessons. I am delighted.”