THE first major works to upgrade the swimming pools and wetside facilities at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in Crediton have been described as “a great commitment to Crediton” by regular user and Mid Devon District Councillor John Downes.

Mr Downes, who swims at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre three times-a-week and who also uses other fitness equipment at the Centre, added: “Lords Meadow Leisure Centre is a tremendous facility and a fantastic asset for the people of Crediton and the surrounding area.

“Mid Devon District Council’s support for the fitness of people from the area is to be praised.”

To facilitate the works, the pools and wetside facilities will be closed from 1pm on November 29 until January 2, 2020.

The improvement works, at a total cost of £265,000, will include new infrastructure within the plant room, resin flooring applied to all the pool surrounds and the installation of a new epoxy liner for the learner pool. 

Mid Devon Leisure, in partnership with the council, says it is committed to providing excellent facilities for leisure users, adding that these upgrades represent a substantial investment in future-proofing the pools to cope with long-term demand.

Staff at Mid Devon Leisure apologise in advance to users for any inconvenience this may cause, and they look forward to welcoming them to the new and improved wetside facilities on completion.

Ben Dommett, duty manager at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, said: “The pool is 21 years-old and this will be the first major works to have taken place.”

He added that only the pool and wetside facilities will be affected by the closure. All other sports facilities will remain open throughout this period.