Swimming has returned to Chester’s City Baths with the reopening of the Pacific Pool following work to the water circulation systems.
This will enable swimming to continue in one pool while structural repairs are carried out in the other to minimise closure time.
Repairs to the pool hall roof supports of the Pacific and Atlantic Pools were identified during an inspection in April.
Later in the year the Pacific Pool will close for further work to take place following the completion of repairs and the reopening of the Atlantic Pool.
In total Cheshire West and Chester Council is investing £500,000 in essential repairs, some of which require special planning consent, because of the listed status of the historic building.
Councillor Stuart Parker Executive Member for Culture and Recreation said: “I am delighted that swimming has resumed at the Baths and can now continue at least in one pool throughout the rest of the repair programme.
“The Baths play a vital role in providing swimming for schools and lessons for children of all ages, maintaining opportunities that are sadly declining in other parts of the country.
“With the invaluable support of the Swimming Association and clubs we are determined that swimming, with all its associated benefits, will continue to thrive at this site.”
Details of the programme of swimming that has been able to resume are listed on the Baths web site at www.chestercitybaths.co.uk