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Weightlifters cause issue as sauna forced to close

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 18, 2014

Green Bank Leisure Centre - Swadlincote

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MEMBERS of a South Derbyshire leisure centre had their soothing sauna session disrupted by a flying brick dislodged by weightlifters – with bosses forced to close the facility amid safety concerns.

South Derbyshire District Council revealed it had made the decision to close the sauna facilities at Green Bank Leisure Centre, off Civic Way, in Swadlincote, after it uncovered structural damage.

It is believed the issue has been caused by those in the gym directly above the sauna using weights and dropping them on the floor, which, in this latest incident, saw a brick fall from the ceiling right in front of sauna users.

Council chiefs told the Mail they were hoping to ‘turn short-term inconvenience into long-term gain’ as part of a major £500,000 refurbishment at the facility.

A spokesman for South Derbyshire District Council said:“The safety of customers at the Green Bank Leisure Centre is paramount.

“Preliminary investigations following this incident show some structural repair work may be required in the sauna, which is why the area is currently not in use.

“We’re hoping to turn short-term inconvenience into long-term gain due to a major refurbishment in the pipeline at Green Bank.

“As part of this we are looking to provide a new sauna at the pool side, with work expected to start during the spring.

“Other exciting plans include modernising the reception area, enhancing the dry side changing rooms and crèche and offering additional fitness space.

“We are awaiting the programme of works and will keep centre users informed as and when we know more details.

“It is hoped these improvements, costing £500,000, will inspire, motivate and encourage even more people to get fit, healthy and active.”

The news comes only weeks after the Mail reported how customers had been complaining about the state of the sauna, claiming it was a health hazard.

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