Diving pool STILL closed at £20m Sunderland Aquatic Centre

Coun Leslie Scott addresses the guests at the opening of Sunderland's new Aquatic Centre.
Coun Leslie Scott addresses the guests at the opening of Sunderland's new Aquatic Centre.
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SWIMMERS are still being told “no diving” at Sunderland Aquatic centre.

It is now more than 11 weeks since the council was forced to suspend diving at the £20million venue – which opened less than three years ago beside the Stadium of Light.

And there is still no specific date when the service will resume.

Issues were first raised when a schoolboy had an accident during a diving class, which left him with an injured left wrist and right elbow. Soon after – during a scheduled service – a problem was also discovered with a cable that forms part of the pool’s moveable floor.

The delay in restoring the Aquatic centre’s full services has been criticised.

Coun Graham Hall, formerly the Conservative group’s spokesman on culture and leisure, said: “It is unacceptable that any public facilities are closed for such a prolonged period, especially at a swimming pool that we were led to believe was state-of-the art and would provide a service for the local community for years to come.”

Julie Gray, head of community services, said: “We have been investigating the circumstances surrounding the diving pool accident involving the seven-year-old boy in November, and the separate problem with the cable that controls the moveable floor in the diving pool.

“This includes seeking external expert advice in relation to the diving board issues and how they can be resolved. We hope to be in a position in the next two weeks to understand what action we need to take, to enable us to reinstate diving at the earliest opportunity. She added opening the diving board was a priority.