THE swimming pool at Huddersfield Sports Centre is to shut for a month for urgent repairs.
Essential maintenance work at the town centre baths means they will be closed between Saturday, December 27, until Monday, January 26, next year.
Works costing £80,000 will include fitting new water tanks to replace those installed when the centre was first built in the early 1970s.
The pool has been criticised for being run-down and shabby and has been closed on several occasions due to mechanical problems.
The diving pool at the Sports Centre has been out of action for a long time because of structural problems.
Additional work will include the replacement of pool filters, new lighting, re-grouting of the main pool and the refurbishment of Dolphins nursery.
Staff stressed that all the other facilities which didn't involve the pool, including the Healthy Choice classes, would carry on as normal.
"We have done everything we can to keep the rest of the centre open," explained manager Sarah Flanigan.
The Stadium Swimming Pool off Leeds Road in Huddersfield will be open as usual to the public along with Kirklees Active Leisure pools in Holmfirth, Colne Valley and Scissett.
Early morning swimmers greeted news of the closure with mixed feelings today.
While all said it was inconvenient, they recognised the repairs had to be carried out.
Kate Birch, 50, of Almondbury, enjoys an early morning swim three times a week.
She drives to the centre.
She said the work needed doing.
"It's pretty grotty. You tend to get used to it. It's in a fairly run-down state."
She said the closure would be inconvenient for those who relied on public transport.
"I do feel there should be top-class facilities for the people of Huddersfield who don't have a car."
Seventy-three-year-old Herbert Kershaw, from Waterloo, swims twice a week.
Some of his friends take a dip every day.
"If the repairs had been done when they were first noticed it wouldn't be shut quite as long."
He said he would have to try and organise lifts to the McAlpine Stadium Pool.
"Those that have transport, they'll be going to the McAlpine for the interim.
"But what about the likes of myself coming down in a bus?
"A lot of people like me don't come in a car."
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