Swimming pools reopen after fire

PUBLISHED: 11:45 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:02 25 August 2010

A SWIMMING POOL at a sports centre is to reopen five months after it was severely damaged by fire.

A SWIMMING POOL at a sports centre is to reopen five months after it was severely damaged by fire.

Greenwich council are due to re-open the main and family pool at the Eltham Centre in Archery Road, Eltham, tomorrow following a fire caused by an electrical fault in February.

Forty firefighters spent more than four hours to get the blaze under control on February 13. Half of an electrical room, part of the ground and first floor were damaged by the blaze.

Culture councillor John Fahy said: "I am sure that local residents of all ages will be delighted to have their pools back. The swimming facilities at the Eltham Centre have been extremely popular since day one, and have helped to make the centre a great success.

"It's fantastic that we are able to open the pools in good time for the school summer holidays, and I know this will be very welcome news for local families.

"I would like to thank all users of the Eltham Centre for their patience while services were restored."

The pools will open at 7am, along with the main reception area, café, changing rooms and toilets but the viewing gallery and spa pool remain out of action until whilst repairs continue.

Also closed will be the main car park to allow access for contractors' vehicles. Parking is available in close-by Orangery Lane and there are designated disabled bays close to the Centre.

Advice and payment services that had been relocated within the centre will now be restored to the customer service centre in the main reception.

Council bosses aim to have all remaining services at the Centre, including the crèche, Studio 1, the spa pool and the viewing gallery, fully opened in the autumn.

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