Chill cooling off at leisure centre

ANGUS Council has apologised to users of the Lochside Leisure Centre as the workmen move in to fix a problem with the heating system.

Centre users and staff have shivered their way through the new year and into January, with those unable to attend classes advised to contact centre staff with regard to their payments to the bactive scheme.

Centre users have been put off in using the facilities in recent weeks, with those brave enough reporting a slippy floor surface in the main games hall.

The matter was also raised at this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council, with one member commenting on how lucky the council was to have staff who worked through “this abysmal cold period without heating.”

After the meeting chairman Mrs Isobel Ross questioned why the centre could remain open, on health and safety reasons, when it was so cold.

She said: “I think it’s appalling that it was kept open. It’s not fair to the users or the staff”.

One leisure centre user contacted the “Dispatch” after she and a friend were unable to attend classes due to the “freezing conditions.”

She said: “I would like to know how Forfar leisure centre can charge bactive members for their facilities while there has been, and it still has, no heating.

“Myself and friends have been unable to attend any classes due to the freezing conditions, although we are still expected to pay? How can this be?”

When asked to comment on the situation last Friday, a spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Repairs to the heating at Lochside Leisure Centre are now underway and we expect that these will be completed during the course of the next week or so.

“Temporary heaters are being used wherever possible to alleviate the situation meantime. The council apologises to users for the inconvenience and thanks them for their patience during this time.

“Any bActive card members of the centre who feel that their normal use of the facilities has been seriously disrupted during the past weeks should contact staff at the centre to discuss their situation.”