RESIDENTS are being warned of temporary closures at Stratford Park Leisure Centre while a major project is underway. 

Stratford Park Leisure Centre will remain partially open for the duration of a major project to replace its ageing gas boilers with a new renewable heating system.

The swimming pool will close from today, Wednesday, December 13 until Friday 22 December, however during that time the sports hall, fitness suite and café will remain open.

Members who pay for swim only membership will be given full access to the gym and those who have paid for swimming lessons will receive a discount.

Alternative swimming will also be available at The Pulse leisure centre in Dursley.

The Stratford Park Leisure Centre sports hall will close in mid-January, with the exact dates still to be confirmed.

The work is part of a £5million project to use green technology which uses outside air and recycled heat from the changing rooms and swimming pool as heating, boosted by additional solar panels at three Stroud District Council-owned buildings – Stratford Park Leisure Centre and the Museum in the Park in Stroud and The Pulse leisure centre in Dursley.

Cllr Beki Aldam, Chair of SDC Community Services & Licensing Committee explained: “I’m delighted that Stratford Park Leisure Centre is able to remain partially open while the most disruptive works are taking place.

"Late December is a quieter time for the pool which means fewer swimmers will be inconvenienced for as short a time as possible.

"Leisure centre users can be assured that we are investing in the future of our leisure facilities at a time when public swimming pools across the country are facing financial difficulties, and they will be given access to the gym facilities during the temporary closure.”

Cameron Bate, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We are pleased to support our partners at Stroud District Council on the development of a new renewable heating system to reduce the pool’s carbon emissions. 

"Everyone Active is proud to work alongside our local authority partners, to support them in achieving their net zero ambitions, as well as our net zero strategy.”