Newport Live and Newport City Council are working closely together to prepare the city’s sports and leisure buildings for safe reopening.
During the lockdown period additional cleaning, amending timetables and implementing social distancing measures has been completed in line with Welsh Government guidance and to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
With the council’s asset management partners Newport Norse, maintenance and other investigation works have been taking place.
Many of the facilities in Newport Centre, the Newport International Sports Village (NISV) and Active Living Centre (ALC) will be available for use from 10 August 2020.
This includes Newport Live’s three pools at NISV and ALC as well as expanded gyms, sports halls and group exercise areas in Newport Centre.
However, the initial inspection work identified that further urgent investigations and maintenance work are required at Newport Centre so the swimming pool will remain closed for about six months while surveys are carried out.
Where possible, Newport Centre’s swimming programme will be incorporated into the swimming pools at the Newport International Sports Village and the Active Living Centre.
Newport City Council leader Councillor Jane Mudd said: “I’m pleased that the council has been able to work with Newport Live so sports and leisure facilities operated by the trust can reopen and this will be welcomed by their many users. I know people will be disappointed that the pool in Newport Centre cannot reopen but people’s safety has to be our priority while detailed investigations are undertaken."
Steve Ward, Newport Live’s chief executive, said: “We are naturally disappointed not to be able to reopen Newport Centre’s swimming pool later this month. However, it is imperative that further surveys are carried out and the pool closure is, therefore, unavoidable. We will do our utmost to accommodate as much of our Newport Centre swimming programme in our other pools as we can. We are looking forward to welcoming our customers back to our centres, and our other pools, from the 10 August.”
For more information on Newport Live’s facilities and timetables visit www.newportlive.co.uk or phone 01633 656757.