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A £350,000 facelift for Cally Pool announced by Islington Council

September 10, 2013
Cally Pool is a much loved community facility ... but in recent years it's been getting a bit tatty

Cally Pool is a much loved community facility … but in recent years it’s been getting a bit tatty

Islington Council has announced a £350,000 upgrade to the facilities at Cally Pool. The Council has successfully raised £250,000 in Lottery sports funding and is matching it with £100,000 of the Council’s own scarce capital funds. The work will start just before Christmas and is subject to consultation with users, especially the organised swimming clubs.

The investment will pay for new changing rooms, showers and other fitness facilities. The present Cally Pool suffers from very basic facilities and users have recently complained that the cleaning standards and general hygiene could be significantly improved.

Caledonian Ward Councillor, Paul Convery says ”My wife and I take our kids to lessons each week at Cally Pool and we all enjoy swimming there. The staff are good, friendly people who are very aware of the building’s limitations. However, the experience for swimmers is not that great especially compared with other Islington pools like Highbury or the fantastic renewed facility at Ironmonger Row. It is perfectly possible to provide a great standard of service even at a dilapidating facility although, in fairness, it is harder and possibly more expensive to do so. The Cally deserves better than this. That’s why Islington’s Labour Council has acted to improve our local pool.”

Islington Council is currently re-tendering the entire leisure contract and service quality will be one of the fundamental criteria in awarding that contract. But with the £350,000 investment in place, there is no reason why Cally Pool cannot match the standards achieved in other Islington pools.

Cllr Janet Burgess, the Council’s Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing added “Cally Pool is a much loved and well-used community facility, so we are delighted to announce £350k from Sport England and Islington Council to upgrade changing rooms, showers and other fitness facilities starting before Christmas.  It has needed this upgrade for some time, and I am very pleased that we have now managed to get the funding in these difficult times.

“Older facilities can be harder to maintain and clean but that’s not an excuse and we are concerned if some users have had a poor experience lately, whether at the Cally or elsewhere. We hope our investment helps Cally Pool match the consistently high standards achieved in other Islington pools.  I am sure that Cally Pool users will help us monitor this and I ask for their patience whilst the work is carried out.”

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  1. Lisa Wood permalink
    September 12, 2013 11:34 am

    Great news. Please can we have proper changing facilities for disabled people. My son, aged 14, who has autism, cannot change alone in the men’s changing rooms and he obviously should not be in the women’s changing rooms. He changes in the disabled lavatory which is not nice.

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