Woolwich leisure centre will reopen on Monday 27th July after being closed for most of this year.
Money has been spent fixing the interior with the famous slide now painted blue alongside some other changes here and there.
The centre shut in February even before lockdown after a piece of pipe fell into the pool. With the centre due to move to General Gordon Square, maintenance appeared to be minimal for some time – with continual delays to the move causing a squeeze whereby substantial work would be required. That happened even before the pipe fell.
Plans to commence building a new centre in January 2020 have long been and gone. The car park was sold by the council to Berkeley Homes all the way back in 2007. And so with delays came the announcement that £1 million was required for the existing centre.
Work at a new centre is slowly moving forwards at moving facilities but some years behind schedule. Wilko are finally vacating Viscount house and moving to Charlton. However, there has yet to be any consultation or design revealed for a new centre and adjacent housing development.
It could now be another four years until any move – so you get some time to enjoy views of the Thames in a freshened up pool.