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andrewbowden

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #70 on: June 22, 2018, 09:12:06 AM »
Got a letter the other day about my son's swimming lessons next term.  Seems they're definitely planning at least some changes to the opening hours at Romiley.  Unfortunately for some, they won't be positive changes. 

Monday to Thursday, the public swim sessions in the main pool that run post-school are going to be axed so they can dedicate the whole of the main pool to swimming lessons.

I can't say I'm entirely surprised they are doing this.  I made the mistake of arriving for a swim at 5:30 on a Wednesday recently.  There was a queue for the car park.  Once inside, three lanes were in use for lessons, two for the public.  In the public bit, it was very crowded.  I ended up swimming half lengths because it was nigh on impossible to get to the shallow end.

Obviously come September, they'll have more space for the children from both Romiley and Marple to have their lessons, but it will come at the cost of something like 10 hours of public swimming sessions at Romiley.  No idea if they're making any other changes to the timetable to make up for it.

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #69 on: June 18, 2018, 02:44:48 PM »
@Steve Gribbon  - of course, that's no problem

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Thanks Andrew, it will be sent this afternoon.

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #68 on: June 18, 2018, 02:37:49 PM »
@andrewbowden, Andrew  I will pass on your email to the Council official if that is ok with you?

@Steve Gribbon  - of course, that's no problem

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #67 on: June 18, 2018, 02:35:45 PM »
Thank steve .theres plenty water botom lower fold any one want a paddle .

Thanks Amazon, I shall grab my arm bands!

Like all residents this is of real concern to me, if I or another Councillor receive an update I am sure we will post on here.

@andrewbowden, Andrew  I will pass on your email to the Council official if that is ok with you?

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #66 on: June 18, 2018, 02:32:59 PM »
Thanks for the update Steve.

I can only speak for myself and my family, but it is a right-old nuisance is this closure!  It's a lot more effort to get to Romiley for my children's lessons, than it is to Marple.  And because Romiley is hosting its own lessions and Marple's, the place can get extremely busy during the time swimming lessons are on.  Not sure there's a particular solution for that!

I am a regular swimmer myself (usually three or four times a week) but my swimming has to fit around family life which means I only have a few slots I can swim in - usually early weekend mornings, or evenings from 8/8:30.  Marple opened at 7:30 on a Saturday and Sunday, but Romiley doesn't open until 9am on a Sunday (7:45 on a Saturday is at least do-able.). There's no do-able evening slots at Romiley either.  Indeed there's only one swimming session after 8:30pm, on a Thursday and it's ladies only, so us men are a bit stuck!

I'm sure every Marple swimmer has their own quirks in schedules, but the upshot for me is that I'm having to spend a lot more of my time having to drive to Grand Central as it's the only place open when I can get to it.  And all that time adds up.

I guess the request for me is if there's any way Romiley can review its opening hours given the extra demand on it, then that may be helpful to some of us.


And if there is going to be substantial work on Marple to bring it back into service, I do hope that some money can be found to actually make improve the quality of the changing rooms at the same time!  I went to Hazel Grove the other week with my daughter.  Lovely changing facilities they have there.

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #65 on: June 18, 2018, 01:04:39 PM »
Good morning.

Please see below for a copy of the message from a Stockport Council officer regarding Marple Pool. We (Councillors) are due to have a site inspection soon and will update accordingly. Kind regards, Steve


I appreciate the inconvenience that the continued closure of Marple Pool is causing.
The pool was closed in March due to major problems discovered with the pool filtration systems and pool fabric, whilst we were planning a small scale programme of repair and refurbishment works. We immediately commissioned a full condition survey of all aspects of the building so we had a clear picture of all works required over the next few years. At the time of commissioning the surveys, we were advised that to do even the minimum works
 required, closure until at least the end of January 2019 would be necessary. We have now received initial reports back and it is clear that the issues with the building are more complex than originally anticipated. We are reviewing the situation at present and will be in a position to provide a fuller update at the beginning of July. In the meantime, if there is anything we can do make access to swimming at other facilities easier, please let me know and I will discuss these with Life Leisure.
Thank steve .theres plenty water botom lower fold any one want a paddle .

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #64 on: June 18, 2018, 11:23:22 AM »

Good morning.

Please see below for a copy of the message from a Stockport Council officer regarding Marple Pool. We (Councillors) are due to have a site inspection soon and will update accordingly. Kind regards, Steve


I appreciate the inconvenience that the continued closure of Marple Pool is causing.
The pool was closed in March due to major problems discovered with the pool filtration systems and pool fabric, whilst we were planning a small scale programme of repair and refurbishment works. We immediately commissioned a full condition survey of all aspects of the building so we had a clear picture of all works required over the next few years. At the time of commissioning the surveys, we were advised that to do even the minimum works
 required, closure until at least the end of January 2019 would be necessary. We have now received initial reports back and it is clear that the issues with the building are more complex than originally anticipated. We are reviewing the situation at present and will be in a position to provide a fuller update at the beginning of July. In the meantime, if there is anything we can do make access to swimming at other facilities easier, please let me know and I will discuss these with Life Leisure.
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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #63 on: May 11, 2018, 11:04:35 AM »
I have received an email yesterday from Life Leisure stating that "Should investment to carry out the necessary works be approved, it is estimated that the pool will need to be closed until at least the end of January 2019".

They don't say who has to approve it, but I think this probably means additional budget from SMBC who I believe have already raided the contingency fund a number of times. This does not look good as the 2018-19 budget has been approved by both the Labour and Conservative groups.

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #62 on: May 11, 2018, 07:24:01 AM »
@Razzle24 So where would you suggest a new facility should be constructed that isn't green space

What about Chadwick Street? Or Cross Lane?

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #61 on: May 10, 2018, 10:14:49 PM »
@Razzle24 So where would you suggest a new facility should be constructed that isn't green space?
Apple tree  swamp .

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #60 on: May 10, 2018, 03:19:41 PM »
Why not use the empty space off Cross Lane between Eastwood and Throstle Grove. Plenty of room there!

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #59 on: May 10, 2018, 02:12:38 PM »

Hello fellow site members

This is an update on asking for progression I have just posted on a different site:

Good afternoon, I have had a look for any updates on the Life Leisure Marple site, it is the same information that was being given at Romiley yesterday. I have sent an email to them asking for a full breakdown of work and anticipated costs/completion dates of each work item and I have also asked them to meet me at the site so I can see for myself the work that is needed. If I have not got a reply by Monday I shall repeat this but be on the phone to them also. Like I said previously this is an important part of our community, I will keep everyone informed as much as possible.

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #58 on: May 10, 2018, 01:42:01 PM »
If it's seriously going to take until January 2019 just to fix the current pool, it'll be the missed opportunity of almost 90 years if nothing else is done to improve the place. The council probably think it's poorly attended or doesn't make enough money, but that's precisely because the vast majority of Marple residents avoid it. If it was a half-decent leisure facility the patronage would easily double, triple, quadruple...

As a regular user of the pool, I can tell anyone who wants to know that it was not generally poorly attended!  The early morning swim in particular was well used.  Saturdays and Sundays were often heaving, especially when the lessons were on.  The lunchtime session - that I used a lot - was rather packed in. 

Like any pool it had quiet periods.  Generally the quietest I ever saw it was between 9pm and 9:30pm on a Wednesday evening.  By 9:15 I'd often be the last one in.  But I can point to other pools at that time where things are similarly quiet. 

A bigger pool would be great.  But it would need to be a lot bigger to cope with four times the current usage!

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« Reply #57 on: May 10, 2018, 01:17:13 PM »
Agreed that the Rec wouldn't be a good location. Not just because it's green space but because the topography of the land would mean a big leisure centre would stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of there. And being a "new" centre, somewhat on a periphery, it would command a load of new surfaced car parking to get through planning which would spoil the area even further.

The best place would have absolutely been the former Ridge College, already built-up, close enough to the centre of town that many people could walk. The old Peacefield Primary School could have been a reasonable spot too. Rugby club area not a bad idea but a bit out-the-way.

The only real suggestion I can offer for a new location (to probably go down like a lead balloon) would be the field in Memorial Park bordering Station Road, which I've never seen used for anything of any value. It'd be close enough to the centre of town to not require too much new parking, and would tie all the library and other facilities together in one place.

Nope, maybe just stick with the current location. It could easily fit a wider, 25 metre pool. We could even make do with the current pool, but why not build outwards at the front and onto the pointless car park at the side to provide a proper gym and new changing rooms over two storeys? Plenty of towns have swimming pools that are too small but most at least have a decent gym (New Mills and Bollington good examples). At the same time, rebuild the Derby Way car park with a deck to double its capacity.

If it's seriously going to take until January 2019 just to fix the current pool, it'll be the missed opportunity of almost 90 years if nothing else is done to improve the place. The council probably think it's poorly attended or doesn't make enough money, but that's precisely because the vast majority of Marple residents avoid it. If it was a half-decent leisure facility the patronage would easily double, triple, quadruple...

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Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Reply #56 on: May 10, 2018, 12:43:48 PM »
I don't live near the rec - but i do disagree with it being used to build a new swimming pool.  Why should we loose 'green space'?  With all the new houses that have been build over the years in Marple e.g. on Dale road, Cross Lane, Hibbert lane etc we are at the risk of becoming very build up.

@Razzle24 So where would you suggest a new facility should be constructed that isn't green space?
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