Sports Facilities update

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A Comhairle spokesperson said,

“Over the last two weeks we have had contractors on site undertaking works in the pool area that were postponed because of lockdown. We hope to have these completed by midweek and then have to undertake a deep clean of the pool and changing village area. Leisure staff will then need to complete training updates following five months away from the pool before we are in a position to reopen.

We hope this will be early in w/c 14th September, in line with the original Scottish Government proposed dates for the reopening of indoor leisure facilities.

For the first three weeks of reopening we will be offering a more limited range of services than usual as we all learn to come to terms with adapting to new ways of operation. We will be offering lane swimming with a maximum of ten swimmers per lane. These space will be bookable in advance and will be organised on a 'Slow' 'Medium' and 'Fast' lane principle. We will give more details about how this will operate in due course.”

“Swim Western Isles and the Island Games Swim Development group, who look after many of our young talented swimmers will also be allocated slots, so that they can hopefully begin to start the long road back to normality. After three weeks, we will reassess the timetable and are hopeful we can look to restart some of the more specialist groups such as Aquafit, within the very pressing constraints that we are currently working under.”

 

Harris Sports Centre

A Comhairle spokesperson said,

“We are currently working on finalising operational arrangements. A successful microbiological pool water test has been completed which will allow us to complete our staff training updates. We will update customers later this week with progress but we are hopeful that we will be in a position to reopen the Pool and Gym w/c 14th September in line with the original Scottish Government proposed dates for the reopening of indoor leisure facilities.

To comply with national guidance around ventilation, the capacity of the Gym and Pool will be significantly reduced at this stage of the Government’s Roadmap. This will be reassessed as guidance is updated in due course.”

Liniclate Sports Centre

Leisure staff have been working hard getting the facility ready to reopen.  A successful microbiological pool water test has been completed  which will allow for the completion of staff training updates prior to opening the Pool.  It is hoped that this will be early in w/c 14th September, in line with the original Scottish Government proposed dates for the reopening of indoor leisure facilities.  

A Comhairle Spokesperson said,

“For the first three weeks of reopening there will be a more limited range of services than usual as we all learn to come to terms with adapting to new ways of operation. We will be offering lane swimming with a maximum of eight swimmers per lane. These spaces will be bookable in advance and will be organised on a 'Slow' 'Medium' and 'Fast' lane principle. We will give more details about how this will operate in due course. We will also be offering Family sessions, with the pool divided up into sections bookable by family groups. Again, more detailed information on how this will work will follow. After three weeks, we will reassess the timetable in line with the latest guidance and informed by customer usage.”

On 20th August national guidance was issued by sportscotland around ventilation in indoor sports facilities. Liniclate Sports Centre is served by an air conditioning unit which has to be decommissioned in order to meet the new guidance. The Gym does not have any openable windows which means an alternative method of feeding the area with fresh air and then creating an outlet has needed to be developed. A solution has been found and equipment has been ordered but until this work has been completed the gym will not be able to open.

 Castlebay Sports Centre

A Comhairle Spokesperson said,

A successful microbiological pool water test has been completed which will allow for the completion of staff training updates. Customers will be updated later this week with progress but we are hopeful that we will be in a position to reopen the Pool and Gym w/c 14th September in line with the original Scottish Government proposed dates for the reopening of indoor leisure facilities.

“We are currently working on finalising operational arrangements. The Pool will operate similarly to Liniclate Sports Centre in offering lane swimming and timetabled family group swimming. Again, more detailed information on how this will work will follow. After three weeks, we will reassess the timetable in line with the latest guidance and informed by customer usage. To comply with the national guidance around ventilation, the capacity of the Gym and Pool will be significantly reduced. This is necessary at this stage of the Government’s Roadmap but hopefully this will be relaxed shortly. A technical solution to increase the mechanical ventilation in the Gym area in addition to using the openable windows has been identified. This work will be undertaken as soon as possible, and customers will be updated as soon as we have more information on timescales.”