Storm damaged Kirkham swimming pool will never re-open

Posted on - 12th August, 2023 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fylde News, Kirkham, Preston News
Kirkham swimming pool Pic: YMCA

A swimming pool at Kirkham is to close permanently.

The YMCA Kirkham Rural Splash has been shut since damage in December 2021 caused by Storm Arwen.

Due to the cost of the repairs from the ‘significant structural damage’ the YMCA has deemed re-opening the swimming pool in Station Road as ‘not now financially viable’.

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Chief executive of YMCA Fylde Coast, Graham Oatridge, said: “We are hugely disappointed not to be able to go ahead with re-opening the baths as was originally planned. We have been working with architects and engineers to create a scheme of works to reinstate the facility. Unfortunately, the ageing plant and building systems mean that additional investment of hundreds of thousands of pounds are required and, as a charity, YMCA simply does not have the funds to make that investment.

“The revenue costs of running swimming pools have risen exponentially on the back of the energy crisis and despite the willingness of YMCA and its partners to see the building re-open that is just not possible.

“We know this news will be incredibly disappointing for everyone that loved the facility.

“However, conversations have already started and YMCA will be working with Fylde Council, Kirkham Town Council and other willing stakeholders to explore all options for bringing a modern, fit for purpose leisure facility for Kirkham and rural Fylde.”

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The pool dates back to 1914 and had a substantial refurbishment in 1979.

The future of the Station Road site is that it is either to be retained and repurposed for the good of the Kirkham community or the building and land is sold with the proceeds being reinvested in to Kirkham.

For queries about memberships, swimming lessons and more there’s a detailed FAQ on the YMCA site.

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