Dunstable £20m leisure centre reopens without its pool
A leisure centre costing £20.1m has finally opened after months of delay, but without a working swimming pool.
Dunstable Leisure Centre closed in June 2017 and was set to reopen last winter, but it was pushed back to June.
The new building, called The Dunstable Centre, includes a gym, leisure facilities, a creche, cafe, Citizens Advice offices and the town's library.
But work to re-glue the pool's tiles continues after they were given the wrong adhesive.
It is due to open by the end of the year. The cost of the delays are being met by the building contractor.
Some people in the Bedfordshire town have told the BBC they have been unhappy about the setbacks.
Vicki Batterbury questioned the cost of the delays, while Karen King said: "When the pool will be ready?"
However, resident Shazia Shah was more positive, saying: "My 75-year-old mum is very excited about joining the gym. This place will really improve the quality of her life."
Conservative councillor Ian Dalgarno, executive member for community services, said: "By bringing all these services together under one roof, this fantastic new building will reduce running costs while providing more flexible services and longer opening hours."
A spokeswoman for the builder, Wates Construction, thanked residents for their patience for the "unforeseen delays".
The old Dunstable Library building will be demolished, the council confirmed, but a date has not been set.