TWO Aberdeen swimming pools will close after a review of sports and leisure facilities across the city.

 

The report by Sport Aberdeen found that the pools at Hazlehead and Kincorth were not being widely used by the public.

They were also both in need of significant financial investment to bring them up to modern standards.

 

Recent figures showed declining public interest in the two pools as a result they were being heavily subsidised by Sport Aberdeen.

Hazlehead pool occupancy rates have stood at 9.63% with an average around 33 users per day. Kincorth pool occupancy rates have stood at 8.33% with an average around 32 users per day.

 

With Torry and Kincorth Academies due to move to the new City South Academy in 2017, the Kincorth pool will be replaced with a new state-of-the-art facility at the school.

Hazlehead pool, meanwhile, is an ageing site which would require significant infrastructural investment in order to maintain it to standard of other popular pools in the area.

 

Sport Aberdeen chairman Fred Dalgarno said: “We are very fortunate in Aberdeen because we have a huge number of swimming pools in the city. This is a fact supported sportscotland’s Facility Planning Model, which showed a surplus of water provision for the city.

“Sport Aberdeen is focused on delivering high quality and affordable sports and leisure facilities for the people of Aberdeen. This means taking a joined-up approach with those other organisations delivering world class leisure facilities across the city.”

 

The review of sports facilities was launched following a reduction in core funding for Sport Aberdeen.

 

Mr Dalgarno added: “Sport Aberdeen is committed to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity.

“Over the coming months there will be a wide range of exciting, new developments which will modernise our popular venues and ensure people across the city have access to the very best leisure facilities in the country.”

 

The pools are scheduled to close after the school summer break in August.

 

Aberdeen City Council Education convener, Angela Taylor, said: “As Aberdeen moves towards becoming a truly global economy we need the people who live and work here to be fit and healthy and our services play a vital role in this.

“This is about Aberdeen moving forward. It’s only right that when facilities are not being used to their full potential that we look again at what’s best for the citizens of Aberdeen.

“Everyone knows that Aberdeen is the lowest funded local authority in Scotland so while funding is limited we need to deploy our resources in the most effective way.

 

“We are currently rolling out the biggest regeneration programme in the city’s history – and sports and physical activity are a huge part of this.”