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19 May 2016 Castleton Swimming pool forced to close after traces of Legionella bacteria found

posted 23 May 2016, 06:28 by Ian Clarenbone

Castleton Swimming Pool in Rochdale has been forced to close after traces of potentially deadly Legionella bacteria were found in the building.  The pool will remain shut until the middle of next week at least.

A spokesperson for Link4Life, which runs the pool, said: “Castleton Swimming Pool is a private hire pool used mainly by two swimming clubs, a small number of schools and members of the public. The pool was closed on May 9 as a precautionary measure after routine tests showed Legionella in the heating system, not in the swimming pool. Link4Life carried out work and testing after that, including a full pasteurisation and chlorination, and further testing has been carried out.”

The Link4life announcement:

"Link4Life has a rigorous management and maintenance programme for all its facilities, including Castleton Swimming Pool, and the safety of our members, users and staff is one of our main priorities. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Public Health England have been informed as a further precautionary measure. The council and Link4Life have been assured that the measures taken so far will have minimized the already small risk of pool users becoming ill.”

 Andrea Fallon, Rochdale council’s director of public health and wellbeing, said: “We are working with Link4Life to resolve the issues that have forced the temporary closure of Castleton pool. “We are not aware of any illnesses in relation to Castleton Baths to date although we are continuing to monitor the situation very closely and offer advice and assistance where this is needed. Should anyone have concerns about their health we would as always recommend that they contact NHS 111 or their general practitioner for advice”.