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Free gym membership for Stratford Park swim members while pool shuts for heating upgrade

Photo by Dom Thompson on behalf of Cotswold Energy Group

Stratford Park Leisure Centre will remain partially open for the duration of a major project to replace its ageing gas boilers with a new renewable heating system.

The swimming pool will close from Wednesday 13 December until Friday 22 December, however during that time the sports hall, fitness suite and café will remain open.

Members who pay for swim only membership will be given full access to the gym and those who have paid for swimming lessons will receive a discount.

Alternative swimming will also be available at The Pulse leisure centre in Dursley.

The Stratford Park Leisure Centre sports hall will close in mid-January, with the exact dates still to be confirmed.

The work is part of a £5million project to use cutting-edge green technology which uses outside air and recycled heat from the changing rooms and swimming pool as heating, boosted by additional solar panels at three Stroud District Council-owned buildings – Stratford Park Leisure Centre and the Museum in the Park in Stroud and The Pulse leisure centre in Dursley.

The new system will save hundreds of tonnes of carbon emissions every year and is a key part of Stroud District Council's pledge to do everything in its power to ensure the district becomes carbon neutral by 2030.

During the December closure the pool water heat exchanger and the air handling unit for the swimming pool area will be replaced, which will allow for more efficient pool water heating and improved air quality in the swimming pool once the project is complete.

Cllr Beki Aldam, Chair of SDC Community Services & Licensing Committee explained: “I’m delighted that Stratford Park Leisure Centre is able to remain partially open while the most disruptive works are taking place.

“Late December is a quieter time for the pool which means fewer swimmers will be inconvenienced for as short a time as possible. Leisure centre users can be assured that we are investing in the future of our leisure facilities at a time when public swimming pools across the country are facing financial difficulties, and they will be given access to the gym facilities during the temporary closure.”

Vice Chair Cllr Trevor Hall added: “This project achieves a number of objectives in our Council Plan and 2030 Strategy: to be a carbon neutral and ecologically sound district by 2030 and invest in our leisure provision to make it fit for the future.”

Cameron Bate, Everyone Active’s Contract Manager, said: “We are pleased to support our partners at Stroud District Council on the development of a new renewable heating system to reduce the pool’s carbon emissions. Everyone Active is proud to work alongside our local authority partners, to support them in achieving their net zero ambitions, as well as our net zero strategy.”

The work is initiated by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and is delivered by Salix Finance and SDC and is being carried out by Stonehouse-based company, Cotswold Energy Group.

More information about the project is available on the Stroud District Council website.

Stratford Park Leisure Centre is owned by Stroud District Council but has been run by a contractor since 2011.  The council is now bringing the management back in house and from November 2024 council officers will staff and run the centre. The intention is to ensure Stratford Park and The Pulse, Dursley work together to expand the council’s health and leisure provision across the district.

If you have any queries about the closure of Stratford Park Leisure Centre please get in touch with a member of the team at stratfordparkinfo@everyoneactive.com  or telephone 01453 766771.

Photo by Dom Thompson on behalf of Cotswold Energy Group

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