Another quick diary check, and yep, if it’s the 16th of April, then it must mean that the re-re-opening of Brixton Rec is taking place today.
My morning swim still involved being asked to get changed in a temporary changing ‘dry’ changing room that was designed for gym users and not drip dry swimmers. The irony of the dry changing room is that it now resembles a lake.
I then had to navigate the SW9 Stairs of Shame, parading in front of all the gym users in my Speedos, as I walked down two flights of matting to access the pool.
Remind me of that date again?
You may remember how the Rec introduced the bonkers 7am – 9am public swimming timetable in the only pool remaining open in the borough, back in January. The reason was to secure a government grant to refurbish the main changing rooms (y’know, the ones that were refurbished back in 2007 at the cost of £2.7m.)
Anyway, the “absolute guarantee” of a re-opening on March 15th, as pledged by the Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities (who is actually half decent) came and went, yet still swimming in Lambeth remained a struggle.
A leaked cabinet briefing paper revealed how:
A number of failures in the work previously undertaken during earlier refurbishment were discovered including the lack of mastic and screws to joints in excess water gulleys, the absence of drains for the gulleys and lack of appropriate waterproofing.
April 16th was listed in the Lambeth Cultural Services Briefing, a document that is circulated to select Councillors, as the new date for opening.
I look forward to the next instalment in this ongoing saga. Who knows – Brixton Rec may even get a re-re-re-opening before May 6th. That may just save someone’s bacon at the ballot box.
Events dear boy, events, etc.
What all this continued, continued delay means to users is that 7am – 9am remains the only time a public pool is now open in Lambeth.
With the kids returning to school next week, the whistle blows promptly at 9am, and it’s a case of “everybody out!” The temporary changing room can’t accommodate kids and public swimmers, hence the bonkers timetable.
“Everybody out!” might just be the exact same shout coming out of Lambeth Town Hall on the morning of May 7th.