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Redevelopment work at Settle Pool is on schedule despite substantial storm damage to the pool roof caused by storm Arwen at the start of winter.

The damage was unrelated to the construction work as it occurred on the other side of the building, exposed to the fierce winds from the north. The presence of builders on site with their equipment did however mean that it was possible to make a quick assessment of the damage and ensure good liaison with the insurance company.

It had been hoped to keep the pool open for most of the time that building work was taking place and temporary arrangements were working well, but with the roof damage making it impossible to keep the pool open these had to be put on hold for what could be several months until repairs can be made.

Meanwhile the outline of the new structure is now in place and work is due to be completed by early summer. The new development will include a new changing village, with improved facilities for families and disabled swimmers; an extended entrance area; and new multi-rise dry side facilities.

The redevelopment work necessitated the removal of a small number of tress at the front of the building, but in a move agreed with local environment campaigners and Craven District Council, replacement fruit tress have now been planted on council owned land in front of Ribble Terrace on the other side of the river. These included a number of apple trees and appropriately enough with the planting taking place just before Christmas, some pear trees.

The pool charity shop in Duke Street and related on-line sales continue to produce a strong income for the pool. The shop is open Tuesdays-Saturdays and donations are accepted at the containers on the carpark in front of the pool on Tuesdays and Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm.