The summer closure of the pool is raising concerns about the “significant impact” on the local community

There are growing concerns about the “significant impact” the prolonged closure of a north London swimming pool could have on a local swimming club and the wider community after it was revealed it will not be able to reopen in time for the summer. holidays

Harrow Leisure Center was forced to close its pool and sauna in March after inspectors raised concerns about the condition of the ceiling. The council had hoped the repair work would be completed in time for the summer, but it will now remain closed for the duration of the holiday.

Harrow Swimming Club treasurer Zak Andrawos called the news “extremely disappointing” and highlighted the “significant impact” it would have on the club’s more than 600 members, its finances and the wider community.

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The swimming pool and sauna will now be closed during the summer holidays(Image: Harrow Council/Dick Barnatt)

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS), Mr Andrawos said: “The extended closure of Harrow Leisure Center has created significant inconvenience and disruption for our community. The lack of urgency in addressing the repair work is disheartening and it feels like the needs of residents are not being prioritized.”

He added: “For our club, this means we will not be able to resume our Learn to Swim classes or our regular training sessions, affecting over 600 swimmers who rely on these facilities for fitness, skill development and social interaction. The disruption has caused logistical challenges for families and affected the physical and mental well-being of our members, especially children.

“Furthermore, the financial implications are serious as we have had to refund fees for canceled lessons and will continue to lose income until we can resume our programmes. This situation is also affecting our coaching staff, who are facing employment uncertainty.”

The pool and sauna have been closed since March 21 following a routine building inspection. Inspectors found that while most of the leisure center building is in good condition, the ceiling directly above the pool was in need of critical repair due to corrosion of ceiling fasteners.