Swimming pool boiler fault costs Council thousands in lost income

Filton Sports & Leisure Centre, incorporating the Dolphin Pool.A faulty boiler at Filton Sports & Leisure Centre has cost the Town Council thousands of pounds in lost income, according to a report prepared for tonight’s meeting of the Finance Committee.

Problems with the boiler account for the bulk of an estimated £5,631 loss, due to the main pool and/or learner pool having to be closed on eight separate days between 11th October and 4th November.

Other closures over the same period were due to an emergency incident during a sponsored swim on Saturday 13th October, staffing shortages and a “poo in the pool” incident.

£2,135 of the amount is attributed to lost income from public swimming sessions with the remainder being made up of refunds made to the swimming club and individuals booked on swimming lessons.

The Council’s Maintenance Manager Neil Palmer says the Council has been “let down badly” by a local firm that deals with the boiler.

Mr Palmer adds:

“They came out to fix the problem three times and the situation had still not been resolved causing us to shut the pool on those occasions. The problem has now been fixed and I will look forward to the companies invoice when it arrives as it will be disputed.”

Looking forward, Mr Palmer is recommending that the Town Council enters a service contract with a maintenance company, something he says he proposed to Councillors last last year.

Tonight’s meeting takes place at 7:30pm in The Pavilion, Elm Park.

Related link: Filton Pool on Twitter

Share this page: