Work to begin on pool project

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CONTRACTORS were set to move on site this week to begin work on the town’s £9million swimming pool project.

Almost a month after the turf-cutting ceremony at the Marine Avenue site, an Angus Council spokeswoman has said that the construction phase is due to begin.

The apparent lack of activity after the ceremony - performed by Angus Provost Ruth Leslie Melville, Sportscotland chairwoman Louise Martin and Phil McEwan, managing director of Stirling-based contractor Ogilvie Construction Ltd - in mid-March had prompted some local people to question when the real work was due to start.

In a letter to the Review one local man, who asked not to be named, questioned why the scheme had taken so long to get under way given that the sports centre was closed in February.

He said: “There was action one day when the provost and councillors gathered to put the first spade in the turf. Perhaps they should have carried on digging when we could have at least seen a hole.

“With the project some six weeks late in starting surely the local councillors should be taking some action.

“It is hoped that the building contract is well tied up with a specific finishing date.”

At the time of going to press, the spokeswoman confirmed that work will get under way this week.

Once completed, the new centre will feature integrated sports and swimming facility, next to Montrose Academy, and will feature a main six-lane pool, a viewing gallery and a studio pool with a moving floor. Both pools will accommodate swimming tuition at all levels, competitive swimming and training, water polo and play activities.

The new complex will also feature a health suite with sauna, steam room and a relaxation area, a fitness suite and multi-purpose rooms for meetings and training.

The project is due to be completed by August 2012.