Temporary pool closure

Published Tuesday, 1st March 2022

The swimming pools at Hartlepool’s Mill House Leisure Centre will have to close temporarily as a result of a Europe-wide shortage of chemicals compatible with the centre’s pool water dosing system.

It comes after a number of pools across the North East and beyond, have already been forced to close their doors as a result of the shortage.

Unfortunately, we are at a stage where the usual reserves have become depleted.

The swimming pools at Mill House will close this evening (Tuesday) and not reopen on Wednesday, as Hartlepool Borough Council waits for the arrival of an alternative dosing system.

The pools will remain closed for a number of days, however the rest of Mill House Leisure Centre will remain open as usual.

Gemma Ptak, Assistant Director, Preventative and Community Based Services, at Hartlepool Borough Council said: “We’ve been doing everything possible to find an additional supply of calcium hypochlorite – a chemical used to chlorinate pools – but unfortunately this just hasn’t been possible.

“We’re very sorry for the frustration this announcement will cause to residents and hope to be able to reopen the pools as soon as we possibly can. We will be contacting swimming clubs, schools and those booked onto learn to swim programmes directly.”

Updated information regarding the position will also be available on the Get Hartlepool Active website: www.gethartlepoolactive.co.uk