Fire hit Lime Kiln Leisure Centre to partially reopen

Fire crews at Lime Kiln Leisure Centre
Image caption Discussions about the swimming pool are expected to start on 23 March

A Wiltshire leisure centre damaged by fire will be partially reopened on 28 March.

Fire broke out at the Lime Kiln centre, in Wootton Bassett, on 18 December while it was open.

The reception, sports hall, fitness room, squash courts and meeting room will be the first to reopen, plus a new changing area for school pupils.

The reopening of the swimming pool is linked to wider discussions about a long term vision for the town.

The fire damage centred on the health suite, male and female swimming changing rooms, and the main corridor.

It also caused significant structural and roof damage in these areas, as well as the swimming pool plant room and there was further heavy smoke pollution in the swimming pool hall.

Discussions about the swimming pool are expected to begin at the next meeting of the Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board on 23 March.

Jerry Kunkler, the council's portfolio holder for leisure, said: "I know local residents are very concerned the swimming pool is not opening at the same time.

"The damage in this area is extensive and we will be considering with the local community the best and most cost efficient way of integrating this work with the anticipated campus provision in the area."

The leisure centre is operated by DC Leisure on behalf of Wiltshire Council.

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