Published 6 September 2007
leisure , local business , recovery
It’s amazing that a temporary building can look this good, air conditioning, wheelchair access, showers and changing facilities etc. Things are coming along well.
The rest of our leisure facilities face a long haul back to normal, but a good opportunity to make improvements along the way. Everyone will remember that photo of the flooded entrance, now a hive of building activity.
A temporary gym and fitness suite with thirty fitness stations is rising from the flood water of our flagship sports centre, just five weeks after loss adjustors described the damage as catastrophic.
Ou customers had to evacuate leisure@cheltenham on Friday 20 July as flood water began pouring from the nearby lake into the centre. Fire services had to close off the immediate area because of the threat of chemical explosion as gas tanks. At its highest, the torrent of water reached levels of five feet across the leisure centre’s ground floor. After a 24-hour operation to pump out water, fire crews made the building safe for council staff to begin assessing the damage.
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Published 15 August 2007
leisure , local business , news , photos
Whilst our own leisure facilities are being repaired we know there are lots of you out there desperate for a good local pool. Well, the lido re-opens today after an extensive refit. It’s a wonderful piece of local history and well worth supporting.
As it says on the lido website:
The lido is a great day out in the heart of Cheltenham, on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is a children’s paradise with slides, a children’s pool and a paddling pool. Our 50 metre pool is also an ideal place to train, two lanes are reserved most days.
We wish them every success.
Published 14 August 2007
community , leisure , local business , news
We’ve now got some great news about progress at our flood devastated leisure facilities…
Right now we have a contractor on the site building some temporary premises. We’re planning a thirty station fitness suite and a fitness studio where a selection of classes and courses can be held. The facilities will be fully air conditioned, have shower and changing accommodation and have disability access. It will all take a few weeks to complete, but work is in progress.
Sonia Phillips, our assistant director for health and wellbeing said:
We still await a date from the contractor when the temporary premises will be handed over to us, however it is likely that the facility will be available for use towards the end of September. We will do our best to update and inform our customers of all developments, particularly when a confirmed opening date is known. In the meantime, a specialist contractor has now commenced with the initial strip-out work at centre. This is a major operation which includes the removal of all contaminated debris from the site.
and Anne Regan the cabinet member for safer and stronger communities added:
I would like to thank all those who have expressed their support to the centre during recent weeks and give my assurance that we are doing everything we can to minimise the period of disruption that the closure has caused. leisure@cheltenham serves more than 111,000 residents so I am pleased that we will shortly have facilities for people to use.
This really positive news follows the recent visit of James Schiro, Zurich Global’s chief executive to show his support and oversee the insurance investigation.
Scenes like this will return…
Published 10 August 2007
insurance , local business , news , photos
Just this afternoon, Jim Schiro the chief executive of Zurich Global came to see Cheltenham’s flood damaged leisure facilities for himself. Zurich are the council’s insurer, and Jim Schiro came over from America especially to see how the facilities had suffered. Earlier in the day he visited the Zurich office at The Grange in Cheltenham, itself badly affected.
Graham Annand Zurich’s major loss manager and Andrew North the council’s chief executive accompany Jim Schiro.
Jim Schiro looking down on the flood damage as the media look on.
Everyone remembers this image from less than three weeks ago.
Lots of people need a helping hand, some need help with flood fund applications and everyone has a story to tell. Right now we have teams of surveyors auditing flood damaged properties in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.
The government has money to give, but we need to provide a comprehensive list of those affected so that we can put forward our case for that funding. The time scale for all of this is very tight, so our teams are working hard to get the information together. So far we have visited and identified over 1000 properties.
Although the events in July have slipped out of the news, for many people returning back to normality will be a long and distressing road that could take up to a year.
Here are a group of people doing a fantastic job.
Published 8 August 2007
local business , news
South West tourism, working with the Cotswold and Forest of Dean destination management organisation have announced a £50,000 marketing package to reassure visitors that Gloucestershire is open for business after the floods. Find out what the Cotswold area has to offer as a tourist destination from the official Cotswolds tourism website.