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Inverness Leisure swimming pools shut over safety concerns

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Image caption Inverness Leisure has closed both its pools

The largest swimming pool complex in the Highlands has been closed until further notice for safety reasons.

Inverness Leisure said a potential risk had been indentified with some windows in the roof above the Inverness site's two pools.

There are concerns a window could be "displaced during high winds", a spokesman said.

The decision to shut the pools temporarily was taken following an inspection by a structural engineer.

Formerly known as the Aquadome, Inverness Leisure is run by an organisation of the same name on behalf of Highland Council.

The spokesman said: "During an inspection of the windows which run along the mid-section of roof in the wetside of the building it became apparent that there may be a potential risk to the users of the swimming pools and associated areas.

"Within a matter of hours Inverness Leisure and Highland Council commissioned a structural engineer to ascertain what action should be taken in order to ensure the safety of the public.

"The structural engineer confirmed that there was a potential risk that one of the windows could be displaced during high winds."

The pools were shut for several months between 2008 and 2009 after a fire that started in an electrical panel controlling features including a wave machine.

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