Multi-Million Decarbonisation Works Begin, Affecting Leisure Centre Parking

From Tuesday 4th October parking at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre and  Exe Valley Leisure Centre will be severely limited, as major work gets underway to install ground and air source heat pumps. These pumps will allow both the sites to move away from high cost, fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

As part of its decarbonisation drive, the Council has secured £2.8 million of funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of its Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, delivered by Salix. The scheme aims to put the public sector at the forefront of decarbonising buildings in the UK. Work at the car parks involves drilling deep bore holes underground to access the heat. This means heavy machinery will need to be temporarily installed in both car parks and the area needs to be made safe for both leisure customers and those working on the site. The work is anticipated to be completed in early December

This means leisure customers will need to; find alternative parking, walk, cycle, arrange to be dropped off or car share to access the limited spaces available. For anyone who still needs to drive to the facilities it is strongly advised that you plan for extra time to attend activities that have a fixed start time such as group exercise classes, swimming lessons and club use in the swimming pools and on the outdoor courts and pitches. All facilities remain open as normal during the period of works.

Lords Meadow Leisure Centre – Lifeguarding Update

Due to the national shortage of Lifeguards we regret to inform our customers that as of Monday 5th September we will offering a limited service for our Learner Pool facility at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre. We will not be able to offer public swimming Monday to Friday in the Learner Pool. The regular Aquatots session in addition to the swimming lesson programme and school bookings will remain unaffected.

We welcome our customers to still access the main pool during public swimming, although we ask you to be mindful of the adult to child ratios which are slightly different than when accessing the Leaner Pool. The weekend service will also remain unaffected and we look forward to welcoming our customers back into the Learner pool as timetabled on Saturdays and Sundays, whilst our team work tirelessly to bring the service back to normality. Please note that the Learner Pool at Exe Valley Leisure Centre still remains open should any of our customers still want that shallower and slightly warmer pool experience.

This situation will be reviewed on a week by week basis and we thank our customers for their patience, understanding and continued loyalty during this challenging time. (02/09/2022).