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Cold pool halts swimming lessons

PUBLISHED: 10:29 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 07:26 01 August 2010

SCHOOL swimming lessons are being put on hold in Halesworth because the town's open-air pool is too cold.

The pool, which opened for the summer season a week ago, has only reached temperatures of about 19C (67F) so far.

SCHOOL swimming lessons are being put on hold in Halesworth because the town's open-air pool is too cold.

The pool, which opened for the summer season a week ago, has only reached temperatures of about 19C (67F) so far.

Last week, the EDP reported that international veteran swimming champion Neil Howell had complain-ed about the temperature and now some school pupils cannot have lessons because it is too cold.

Pupils from Edgar Sewter Primary School and Halesworth Middle School have lessons at the pool. Middle school headteacher Richard Nichols said: “We're in constant touch with the pool about the temperature and have already taken the decision that we will not swim unless the water is warm enough.”

District councillor Paddy Flegg, who has been battling to keep the pool open for several years, said that the heating needs to be improved so that people continue to use it.

She said: “The boiler they've got in there isn't big enough to even heat a house.”

Waveney District Council said last week that one of the pumps at the pool was not working properly, which affected the circulation of warm water, but that the temperature should soon increase.

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