ASHBOURNE swimming pool will not reopen until the new year, according to a statement received today from Derby Dales District Council.
The pool hasn't been available since a blaze broke out late on Saturday, July 26, although all "dryside" facilities - including the fitness suite, sports hall and squash courts - have remained open as usual.
A District Council spokesperson said: "We are devastated by this news and sympathise with our regular customers. Early investigations suggested we might be able to reopen the pool in the autumn, but a more detailed inspection has revealed that the damage to the plant room and other parts of the leisure centre are worse than we first feared.
"The various contractors involved in the recent upgrade of the leisure centre met together on Tuesday and there was agreement that the full extent of the damage won't be known until decontamination work is complete.
"We share our customers' frustration about not being able to commission repairs before now, but, just like any domestic householder, we can only start to spend money when our insurers give the go-ahead.
“The cost of repairs at the present time is likely to be around £150,000, a major expense being the replacement of two damaged filtration units, but there's also a decontamination issue to address in smoke-damaged areas including the new changing village, where, thankfully, there was no structural impact. “Loss of income is estimated at a further £150,000.”
Konrad Stoch, 18, from Highfield Road, is due to appear at Derby Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, September 24, charged with arson not endangering life. Two other teenagers - a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man - were also arrested shortly after the fire broke out at the rear of the, but have been released without charge.
Further information is available at the centre’s main reception or by email at email@example.com or call 01335 343 712.