Essential Maintenance and Improvement Works at Reading Leisure Facilities

USERS of Meadway Leisure Centre in Tilehurst and Palmer Park Stadium in east Reading are being given advance notice of improvement work and temporary closure for essential maintenance.

The swimming pool at Meadway Leisure Centre will be closed to the public from Monday 31st October, for two weeks, for essential maintenance. During this time work will be undertaken to remove and replace new pool filters, along with installation of new piping and a new heat exchanger. It will reopen on Saturday 12th November.

On Tuesday 1st November the sports hall will be closed to the public until 4pm while the lighting is tested and the whole building will be shut to the public on Monday 7th November from 7am – 4pm while a new fuse board serving the whole building is being installed.

Councillor Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said: “Meadway pool is a very popular leisure facility. We appreciate its temporary closure is bound to cause some inconvenience. However, these essential works cannot be carried out while the pool is open and they are necessary to ensure it can continue to be a valued facility for individuals and groups.”

Palmer Park Improvement Work

Elsewhere in east Reading at Palmer Park, work has completed on replacing the sports stadium floodlights and in improving lighting around the Astro-turf football courts.

A second phase of improvements is also in the pipeline. Work on replacing and upgrading the current cycle safety fencing at the stadium’s velodrome, funded through a grant from British Cycling, is also due to commence on Monday 31st October for six weeks, completing around the 11th December. This will limit how the Cycle track can be used during this period. Track cycling sessions will cease during this period, although after school cycling will run as normal.

Cllr Gittings added: “The maintenance works at Meadway and Palmer Park are part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to invest prudently in Reading’s future leisure provision for residents to enjoy for many years to come.

“As more work is planned to maintain and improve our facilities we will of course keep our customers informed and do our best to minimise disruption.”

Council officers have spoken to clubs, organisations and individuals who both these leisure facilities to explain the need for the work to be carried out.

Progress on Reading’s Two New Swimming Pools

The Council last week announced an outline timetable for the procurement and delivery of modern new leisure and swimming facilities at both Palmer Park and land at Rivermead by 2020. A new 6-lane 25-metre community pool would be physically linked to existing leisure facilities in Palmer Park, creating a modern new multi sports hub for the east of the borough.

The plans include a new competition pool at the Rivermead site. The Council’s minimum specification for this is a modern 8 lane 25 metre competition standard pool. Unlike any other pool in Berkshire, the proposal is also to include diving provision at the new facility, as well as hosting a range of indoor sports.



British Cycling is funding the £121,000 replacement cost of the fencing bringing it up to British Cycling revised standards.

As part of the proposed funding agreement, the council have set aside £245,000  in match funding for improvements to the velodrome and stadium lighting, making a total potential investment of £366,000 in 2016.  As well as match funding, the council will also enter into a 10 year agreement to ensure track cycling continues at Palmer Park velodrome.

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Victoria Nickless

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