Torridge Council are working hard with 1610 to reopen Swimming and Leisure centres

Torridge Pool

Over the past few weeks Torridge Council have received many messages and queries regarding the re-opening of Leisure Facilities in Torridge. We have previously issued press, media and website updates regarding this issue but were not contacted for information regarding recent postings on social media and elsewhere.

The government announced that leisure facilities in England would be allowed to reopen from 25th July and subsequent guidance has advised on precautions and restrictions on how they should be operated. Since the announcement the Council and 1610, who manage and operate facilities in Torridge, have been in dialogue with the aim of developing proposals to reopen facilities safely and on a commercially viable basis. In the post lockdown era these have included consideration of new measures needed to comply with levels of social distancing and other hygiene routines required by current government guidance. However bringing the facilities out of hibernation and back up into safe running has proved to be problematic.

The main issue in Torridge is that most of the existing facilities are of a size and layout that makes social distancing awkward and very challenging, which has hampered plans to reopen. Agreement to reopen facilities in Torridge has therefore been delayed while the issues are addressed and there has been ongoing dialogue and meetings with 1610 to try and achieve this.

We do appreciate that it must be very frustrating for everyone who are either not able to swim or are having to travel a long way to train but the situation is beyond normal circumstances and not unique to Torridge at the moment. As soon as we have a further update this information will be shared on our website and over social media and we will continue to work with 1610 and lobby government representatives to find a solution to the current crisis.