Galashiels Swimming Pool Closed Due to Vandalism
Galashiels Swimming Pool has been closed until further notice due to vandalism from today (Monday 9 October). An external window was smashed at the facility. The incident has been reported to the police and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Police Scotland on 101 with any details.
The swimming pool will be closed until further notice. Glass from the broken window has gone into the pool. To ensure all the glass is removed the pool needs to be drained, cleaned and refilled. This is a considerable process and every precaution will be taken in removing all glass from the pool.
Customers will be affected as the pool swimming programme has had to be cancelled or moved to another facility. Sessions for toddlers, over-50s, children’s swimming lessons, disability swimming, adult lessons, adult fitness classes and birthday parties have all been affected.
Live Borders is the non-profit cultural and sport trust which is responsible for running six public pools in the Scottish Borders. Live Borders has been working to reschedule classes wherever possible, Selkirk Swimming Pool will extend its opening hours to help accommodate swimmers. Users with a swim membership can still use other public pools as part of their membership.
Selkirk Swimming Pool will open on:
Tuesday from 7.15am - 8am for early morning swimming
Tuesday 7pm – 8.30pm for late lane night swimming
Wednesday from 7.15am – 10.30am for early morning swimming /public/lane swimming
Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm for the Triathlon Club
Friday 7.15am to 1pm for early morning swimming /public/lane swimming
Ben Lamb, Live Borders Facilities Manager, said: “It is incredibly disappointing that the actions of a few individuals have had such a negative impact for so many people. The timing is incredibly frustrating for all those people who hoped to make use of Galashiels Swimming Pool over the October holiday. The pool will be closed until further notice which could extend into next week. The non-pool activities will still be taking place including Spin, Kettlebells and Aerobics.
“We greatly appreciated the messages of support we have already received from the local community and their understanding as this repair work takes place.
“Our staff have worked hard to try to accommodate swimmers at Selkirk Swimming Pool with opening hours extended to help meet demand. We’re encouraging customers to check our social media channels and website for details and updates at www.liveborders.org.uk.”