Newquay Leisure World will be closing its leisure pool from the end of October half term until Easter 2024 as a way of significantly cutting energy costs.
The centre’s 25-metre swimming pool will remain open throughout that time and family swimming sessions at the weekend have been extended. Club and school activities will not be affected.
Operating under the Better brand, GLL runs Newquay Leisure Centre on behalf of Cornwall Council.
“As we move into the off-peak season, we’re trialling shutting the leisure pool whilst launching an extended winter programme for our main pool,” said James Curry, GLL’s Head of Service for Cornwall.
“Fitness Swimmer and Learn to Swim members will still be provided for, but there will also be plenty of weekend family swimming, inflatable and children’s party sessions.
“Newquay Leisure World has very high maintenance costs due to the age and set up of the building. Energy costs trebled in 2022 and though they have started to fall, it does not make commercial sense to have our leisure pool fully operational when it is only used at weekends.
“Based on normal winter demand, there will still be plenty of availability for all our customers and, by operating more efficiently, the centre will be doing its bit for the environment.
“Sustainability is key to our good housekeeping approach and running two pools over the colder months simply isn’t a viable, or responsible, option.”
Amelia Kitchen will be holding a ‘meet the manager’ session at Newquay Leisure Centre from 6-8pm on Monday 30 October and 10am to 12pm on Wednesday 1 November. Anyone wanting to discuss the new arrangements is welcome to meet her then.
For more information and to make a booking, visit https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cornwall/newquay-leisure-world