At a glittering occasion last night at University of Hertfordshire , the Herts Sports Partnership held their tenth Service to Sport Awards (2013).Forty different sports across Herts were represented and a fuller report will follow.The picture left shows St Albans' Mayor Cllr Annie Brewster with PoolTooSmall founder David Gilroy and his Lifetime Achievement award for services to sport in Hertfordshire over nearly 40 years particularly in the fields of Rugby Union and swimming infrastructure development. For more of his exploits over the decades please click on http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/stalbansrfc/news/dave-gilroy-receives-lifetime-1113578.html
Commenting on the night David said he was humbled and honoured to be successfully nominated by St.Albans RFC, the Hertfordshire Rugby Football Union and the many PoolTooSmall supporters across St.Albans and beyond.
NEW LODGE 1ST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS BEGIN-7 NOV 2013.
Remember a year ago at Westminster Lodge? Madame Mayor Cllr Eileen Harris opened the flagship £25 million leisure Centre on 10th November 2012 (left) and a grand day was had by all. And a year on New Lodge operator SLM trading under the brand Everyone Active is opening it's doors for a range of special activities, offers and prizes starting 7th November 2013 . Needless to say PoolTooSmall will be there reporting it as it happens. So last night PoolTooSmall was at the first of the anniversary celebrations as one lucky lady won a £1000 hamper including a cheque for £300 (2nd right). The SLM management team lead by Contract Manager Steve Cox and General Manager Lesley Garner make a very smart line up. Over the coming days they will be giving away goodies, special offers and a mammoth £3.5k Superprize. All you have to do is get down there by noon on Saturday 9th November 2013 for a slice of the action.
See you then!
NEW LODGE MAIN POOL COVERS OPERATIONAL -18TH SEPT 2013.
It has been nearly a year since opening but another “behind the scenes” facility at the New Lodge has now been brought into use. It’s the Main Pool covers that will now cover the 21 metre wide by 12.5 metre long deep end every night until morning . It’s purpose is to save heat and money for all of us and obviously keep the water warmer.
The problem for the last year has been that the 10 diving platforms of the flagship pool at the deep end have impeded the roll out of 2 huge covers set on rollers on the eastern wall. The solution was during roll out to guide the heavy covers above the diving platforms then allow them into the water and proceeding 12.5 metres. This is accomplished using 10 specially made storable booms attached to wall clips deployed by operating staff each night.
So how did it go last Friday night? Assistant Manager James Tovey told PoolTooSmall that it had gone well taking about 10 minutes for staff to deploy the 10 booms and 2 separate covers. But what about the 90 cm gap between the rollers? As each cover is rolled out it reveals an extra longitudinal sideflap that fills in the gap and no heat is wasted. So now you know.Special thanks to James for the pictures above.
Thanks to operator SLM and SADC for jointly funding the extra hardware. One more issue off the snagging list – we are getting there!
TWO ACCOLADES FOR WESTMINSTER LODGE LEISURE CENTRE-SEPT 2013.
At a routine 2 hour “feedback” meeting between new Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre (WLLC) operator SLM and PoolTooSmall on Tuesday 15th October 2013 , Contract Manager Steve Cox was rightly delighted to report 2 recent accolades for WLLC during it’s first year of operation.
The first in September was to be nominated for the Newcomer of the Year category of the National Fitness Awards which recognises the achievement of gyms less than 2 years old. WLLC with its 180 place gym ,4 court sports hall and fitness studios was shortlisted for this prestigous honour. We will all find out the result in December 2013 – fingers crossed everyone!
The second accolade was WLLC being awarded the gold prize for the best mid-market health club in the Southeast.
The awards were held on 24 September 2013 at Leisure Industry Week, the biggest trade show event for the fitness industry. The Members Choice Health Club Awards are the only awards in the industry where winners are selected purely on the feedback from the people that use the facilities – the members.
“We’d like to thank all the members at Westminster Lodge,” said Steve Cox. “We are very proud of the centre and all of our colleagues. It’s a great honour to be voted for by our members as the best centre in the region - we’re all extremely happy, and looking forward to continuing to provide such a valuable service to the people of St. Albans.”
SLM trading as Everyone Active was also awarded the gold prize for Best National Chain with over 30 clubs.
Here at PoolTooSmall we have long believed there is always room for improvement but also credit where it is due.
So congratulations on these 2 accolades and many more to come we hope!
Watch this space for other developments soon and this weekend beginning 18th October 2013 we say “take cover”!
What on earth are we going on about?
To find the answer click on www.pooltoosmall.com in a few days’ time.
CLICK BELOW FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS OF EARLIER REPORTS.
St. Albans District Council plan to replace Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre with a new swimming and leisure complex on the same site. The new centre will have a 25 metre by 8 lane main pool, no diving boards and no flumes. We are enthusiastic at the prospect of a new facility, but we believe that the current plans do not specify enough pool space for the district's existing needs, particularly given the recent Bricket Wood closure, and that the proposed new facility cannot possibly provide sufficient water space to meet the ever increasing demand of the coming decades (see our handy visual guide to changes in the district's water space).
The new project now has planning permission (you can read our account of the planning meeting here). Tendering has been completed , and a total fiasco erupted with chosen contractor Michael McNamara Co having gone bust on Thursday 11th November 2010. The SADC in house political team showed their continuing technical and managerial incompetence by not finding the £1billion McNamara debt after 5 months investigation whereas PoolTooSmall found it online in 30 seconds!
And by early 2011.
SADC signed a contract with Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd in February 2011 to build the St.Albans NEWBODGE - a poisoned chalice for the people of St.Albans to tolerate and pay for over the next several decades. Read why the St.Albans NEWBODGE was at the time Unfit for Purpose ,a White Elephant or a Pig in a Poke on this website. But mercifully there was a dramatic transformation for the better!
On 5th May 2011 , there was a complete change of Council management following local elections. New Cabinet led by Cllr Daly immediately swung into action with a "root and branch " review of the New Lodge Project. Read more on our headlines above and under "announcements" as the new situation unfolds. What an improvement it has been since May 2011as Deputy Executive Leader of SADC , Leisure Portfolio Holder and structural engineer Cllr Mike Wakely sat down with officers then Willmott Dixon to produce a brilliant expansion of the new Main Pool by 25% ! It is now built in re-inforced concrete and has passed it's water retention test. It's all systems go on the New Lodge site .
And by early 2012.
Only last week - construction of the new service road off Holywell Hill began - another central plank in our campaign achieved! Stay tuned here to the PoolTooSmall website - the only website to bring you regular weekly/fortnightly reports and pictures of all the happenings on site and ,crucially sometimes, in the Council Chamber. Bookmark us NOW!
3rd MAY 2012.
It's that time of year again to have YOUR SAY on local developments by voting for a councillor of YOUR choice in District Elections.
PLEASE VOTE ON THURSDAY 3RD MAY 2012 IN DISTRICT ELECTIONS- IT'S YOUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT!
For general details of our campaign please see the following:
Our handy visual guide to changes in the district's water space, and accounts of current overcrowding in pool too full
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