Issued: 15 October 2012
Montrose Swimming Pool Closed Following Vandalism
Montrose swimming pool has been closed following vandalism to the pool over the weekend.
The pool was due to remain open until Sunday 11 November 2012, a few days before the town's new swimming pool and sports complex, at Marine Avenue, opens to the public on 17 November.
The weekend vandalism included the firing of missiles, stones and possibly a pool ball and resulted in two windows being smashed and glass falling into the water. The pool staff made several attempts to remove glass from the affected areas of the pool but following further inspections today by Angus Council officers, it was decided to close the pool, which would take several weeks and some considerable expense to drain, clean and refill. The swimming facilities will not be made available again at this site, but fitness and health suite facilities will continue to be available until 11 November 2012.
Council leisure spokesperson Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: "It is disappointing and disheartening that, as has sadly happened recently elsewhere in Angus, a tiny minority of anti-social individuals are spoiling the facilities which we provide, at great public expense and at times of severe budget cuts, for the benefit of the whole community.
"In effect, the children and adults of Montrose and further afield are being deprived of swimming facilities for several weeks due to the behaviour of a small number of people. I urge members of the public to be vigilant and to contact Tayside Police immediately if they have any information on this recent deplorable, disgraceful incident."