Port pool set to re-open

Port Glasgow swimming pool is set to re-open following a funding plan by Inverclyde Council.

The move follows concern that as part of re-opening plans Inverclyde Leisure were unable to open the swimming pool alongside the others in the area because of costs.

Now, the council has stepped in to provide funding of £51k to ensure Portonians can access the swimming pool.

Inverclyde Council leader and convener of the council’s policy and resources committee, Councillor Stephen McCabe said: “The re-opening of leisure facilities was one many across Inverclyde and the rest of Scotland were looking forward to.  I hope the new funding package by the council to support Inverclyde Leisure will be welcomed by the community to make sure people in Port Glasgow can get access to the local swimming pool.”

Inverclyde’s sports champion, Councillor Ronnie Ahlfeld said: “While customer safety will be the priority and swimmers will see changes to their swimming sessions it is extremely positive and welcome that the Port Glasgow pool will re-open.  It means the pools in Inverclyde’s three towns will be open to encourage more swimmers to enjoy leisure opportunities and to support our young people with swimming lessons. I am delighted.”

Port Glasgow swimming pool will operate using the same model as Gourock outdoor swimming pool and Greenock’s waterfront leisure complex main pool with appropriate safety measures in place.

Capacity will be set at 16 customers for each session, eight in each lane. Adults and children aged eight and over can attend. Only children that are competent swimmers can attend.

Swimming lessons will also be re-introduced with reduced capacities in the water, reduced session time to ensure a safe customer flow and reduce the number of people in the facility at any given time.

The Port Glasgow pool is expected to re-open on 5 October 2020.