Demolishing asbestos-ridden pool could cost up to £250,000

By Charlotte Green, Local Democracy Reporter

DEMOLISHING Denton’s dilapidated swimming pool could cost the Tameside Council a quarter of a million pounds because of ‘significant’ amounts of asbestos, it’s been revealed.

An update on the borough’s leisure assets has revealed that once the new £14 million Tameside Wellness Centre in Denton opens early next year, the current Denton Pool will close permanently.

The former Denton Swimming Pool

Officers note that the facility is in a ‘very poor condition’ but recommend that an options appraisal for the future of the site be carried out.

They say that if bosses choose to demolish the building, they could face demolition costs of around £250,000 because of the ‘significant quantities of asbestos and deep excavations’.

An appraisal will now be carried out to look at the various options for what to do with the site.

A town hall report reveals it’s not yet known what the site could sold for, and the ‘potential capital receipt is undetermined’.

“There is a risk that the disposal of the site may have a negative impact on the council’s capital resources thus highlighting the need to consider other options,” it states.

And Denton is not the only pool in the borough that is deteriorating.

A meeting of the borough’s strategic planning and capital monitoring panel was told that Ashton Pool is also in poor condition and needs to be ‘fully refurbished’ if it is to be retained.

Nigel Gilmore, head of strategic infrastructure at Tameside council described the state of parts of the pool as ‘shot’, adding; “the electrics aren’t much better”.

“We need to undertake a survey from that and we will take it from there what we are going to do with it,” he said.

The new Denton Wellness Centre

The report presented to the meeting states: “Current thinking is that the facility needs to be relocated in the form of a wellness centre if it is to impact significantly on public health outcomes.”

The panel agreed to fund a condition survey of the pool, off Water Street, the results of which would be considered as part of the council’s five-year investment plan.

Bosses are also considering replacing the synthetic pitches at Active Medlock in Droylsden.

They are 19-years-old and have ‘reached the end of their useful life’, according to officers.

The pitches need to be resurfaced if they are to continue to operate beyond this winter, which is estimated to cost £120,000.

“If the pitches are not replaced then the likelihood is that they will close impacting on public health outcomes and Active Tameside’s financial position,” the report adds.

Councillors agreed to add the replacement of the pitches to the list of schemes currently under review in the capital programme.

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