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Asbestos scare keeps Castle Douglas swimming pool shut

Swimming Pool
Image caption The pool is expected to remain closed until Mid-December

The planned reopening of a public swimming pool following emergency repairs has been delayed by two months over an asbestos scare.

Ceiling tiles made from asbestos fibres were found to be deteriorating at the Castle Douglas facility.

A £60,000 repair programme has just been completed to plug leaks in the pool, which was used by 19 schools.

Councillor Peter Duncan, from Dumfries and Galloway Council, said it was a "blow to the local community".

The pool was scheduled to reopen on Friday, but is now expected to remain closed until mid-December.

'Valued facility'

Works on the pool were carried out after hundreds of gallons of chlorinated water were reported to be leaking from the pool.

Mr Duncan said: "It's a real disappointment that this valued local facility will be closed for many more weeks than was expected.

"I don't doubt that if there is asbestos there it has got to be dealt with.

"I do however think there are question to be asked about whether this could have been foreseen. This is an elderly building that will clearly have had feasibility studies done on it."

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