Last splash looms for ‘out of date’ town high school pool

THE swimming pool at a town school is to be closed, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Glenrothes High’s pool is being shut down as part of a review of such facilities carried out by Fife Council.

Councillors will be asked to “approve implementation of a consultation programme” at the school and two others in the region.

The education and children’s services committee will hear a report which says the 14 pools in schools in the region have become harder to maintain over the years because of their age and long-term lack of investment.

Short and long term closures have been needed because of equipment problems, hygiene standards have suffered as changing rooms, toilets and pools surrounds have not been refurbished and the cost of upgrading would be substantial.

The report also pointed out that swimming wasn’t a required subject on the national curriculum and there was no obligation to provide school pools - the new Auchmuty High, for example, would not have one.

All but three of the existing pools were working beyond their estimated operational life of 30 to 35 years - Glenwood’s is 49 years old and Glenrothes’ just three years younger.

Bringing Glenrothes up to school standard would cost £115,800 and there would be £30,000 on top of that if it was used by the wider community, which it is not at present.

Officials recommended that Glenrothes and two other pools should be closed, adding: “The headteachers have been involved in the development of the recommendation for closure and support this.”