Published On: Thu, Jul 31st, 2014 on 11:25 am

Elland Pool to be demolished due to severe safety concerns

Elland Pool

Elland Pool

Elland Swimming Pool, which is over 100 years old, is due to be demolished.

A recent inspection by Council officers showed that an eastern wall, overlooking Huddersfield Road in Calderdale, is moving and is raising concerns about safety.

Ongoing inspections, with independent engineer reports, have shown gradual movement of the wall, caused in part by defects in the pool floor.

But since the last inspection in May, the wall has deteriorated rapidly, moving a further 4mm in just eight weeks.

There are serious concerns that the wall could become unstable, so urgent action is being carried out to take down the highest part of the gable wall together with the adjacent roof to remove danger.

Calderdale Council had to close the pool in December 2011 due to serious structural defects, and has continued to regularly monitor the building.

It was decided that the facility would be demolished because it does not have a ‘viable future’ and estimates suggest a cost of at least £1 million to repair.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, said: “Whilst this is unfortunate news, we have no other option but to demolish the building. We have carried out regular checks and there has been considerable deterioration since our last visit in May. Safety is our top priority.

“The condition of the wall is deteriorating rapidly, and if we don’t act straight away people could be in serious danger. Once the urgent demolition works have been completed, we will be consulting with the community to develop ideas for the future of the site.”

Scaffolding was put in place yesterday to secure the building.

Once works are completed, the rest of the building will be demolished.

A war memorial is located at the base of the gable wall, and it will be relocated.

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