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Wiltshire Council leader backs future of Westbury's historic pool
Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott says the Westbury Swimming Pool should remain in good working order for at least another 15 to 20 years, after speaking at the 125th anniversary celebrations on Saturday.
The pool was only re-opened in June, after the council appointed a new contractor to carry out repairs on the pool lining, which had failed following initial maintenance work in November.
The original work on the pool included replacement of the boilers, a new hot and cold water plant, air handling plant, balance tank re-lining, new pumps and relocation of the chlorine tank.
Cllr Scott said that it was nice to be able to celebrate something so important to the town and Wiltshire as a whole, adding that the pool should be cherished by the county.
She said: “I have always thought the pool was special and different and we should be protecting it, which is why we invested in it. It looks like the work that has been done will keep the pool in good working order for at least another 15 to 20 years.
“Of course, the pool has not changed a lot over the years, which is great, and it is well used by every age group.
“I think the people of the town accept the fact that it is not the right length for competitive swimming and that the changing rooms are not exactly right. They accept that because they are proud of it.”
“I thought the pool looked fantastic as usual. The demonstration was also great and everyone was saying how much they learned, so I would like to thank the swimming club for putting that on for us.”
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