New facilities at Porty pool

A NEW hoist will make changing for the pool much easier for disable users.
A NEW hoist will make changing for the pool much easier for disable users.

PORTLETHEN Swimming Pool has recently been upgraded to update the existing disabled changing facilities.

The new equipment includes a tracker hoist which has been positioned to allow customers to utilise the toilet facilities, a height adjustable shower trolley which allows more flexibility for both wheel chair users who would need the bed lowered for use and for carer support who require the bed to be raised, a new sink and a new locker which can be accessed by wheel chair users. Existing pipe work boxed in and a general tidy up of tiled walls has also been carried out.

THE new facilities have been welcomed by staff.

THE new facilities have been welcomed by staff.

The new facilities have been installed following a campaign from North Kincardine Councillor Alison Evison.

She said: “I had been asked by various members of the community to seek better disabled provision at Portlethen pool. This was considered important as swimming is an important form of exercise for many disabled people. The existing provision did not allow people to be helped to change.”

Staff at the Pool were keen to help with the adjustments, and even suggested a hair-dryer be installed, and blocked in pipes that were on show to make the area look better and be made safer.

Mrs Evison said: “I am delighted that my requests for improved disabled facilities have achieved such positive results. Many more members of the community will now be able to use the facilities at Portlethen Pool and in doing so improve their general health and fitness.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of lifelong learning and leisure, John Harding, said: “We are very pleased that work to further upgrade the existing disabled facilities at Portlethen Swimming Pool is now complete and are confident that the pool offers all users an excellent leisure experience.”