New pool for D&G

Councillors in Dumfries have agreed to a temporary swimming pool being erected in the town to minimise the impact of the closure of the DG One leisure complex for improvement works.

DG One to close in June 2014

Following a committee meeting in Dumfries, it has been announced that DG One is expected to close for remedial works in June 2014.

The decision to erect a temporary swimming pool in the ice-bowl car park was agreed unanimously by all councillors at the meeting.

They also agreed to bring Loreburn Hall back into use to house the fitness suite from DG One.

The proposal was put forward by Area Chair, Councillor Gill Dykes and seconded by Councillor Colin Smyth.

"The Council has made an outstanding decision to continue to invest in community facilities. We are still very upset that DG One is having to clos

– Councillor Jane Maitland, Leader of the Independents

"The decision has paved the way forward for opening of the Loreburn hall.

"It has been a long battle but this is a real victory for the community of Dumfries who have made clear that they wanted to see the hall back in use for the good of the town. I believe there are a number of groups who would use the hall.”

– Councillor Colin Smyth, Labour

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Councillors agree to new temporary pool for Dumfries

Councillors in Dumfries have agreed to a temporary swimming pool being erected in the town to minimise the impact of the closure of the DG One leisure complex for improvement works.

The new pool will be situated at the Ice Bowl car park and the fitness suite will be sited in the Loreburn Hall on Newall Terrace.

The council has agreed to spent £500,000 on bringing the hall up to a suitable standard for purpose and on 'uplifting' the fitness suite from DG One.

“Dumfries and Galloway Council is fully committed to continuing the provision of full access by the public to appropriate leisure facilities for our local communities. It is a priority for our Administration to increase the health and wellbeing of our local people.

" By providing alternative swimming and fitness arrangements in Dumfries, we are guaranteeing continued access to leisure facilities for our local communities. The people of Dumfries have a great sense of pride with regards to the Loreburn Hall.

"Our decision today to inject half a million pounds of investment to bring the Hall back to life will seek to deal with part of the problem which arises from the closure of DG One. It is a positive solution in a difficult situation.”

– Council Leader Ivor Hyslop, Chair of Policy and Resources Committee