Galashiels swimmers kicking up a stink about pool pong

Galashiels Swimming Pool.
Galashiels Swimming Pool.

Galashiels Swimming Pool has been hit by a wave of foul smells, according to swimmers.

Users of the swimming pool, owned by Scottish Borders Council and run by the Live Borders trust, have reported a strong smell of urine at the facility, particularly around its changing rooms.

One, who asked not to be named, said: “I go swimming here regularly, but recently I’ve noticed this horrible smell coming from the changing village.

“If this was a restaurant, it would have been shut down months ago.

“All Live Borders could tell me was that the problem stems from the drainage system below the swimming pool and that, because it is an infrastructure problem, no amount of cleaning can eradicate the odour.

“They informed me they’ve known about this problem for 12 months now, so why has nothing been done about it?”

When asked, Live Borders confirmed that drainage contractors have been instructed to flush the drains at the Livingstone Place pool.

Ewan Jackson, its chief executive, said: “Live Borders is aware of an issue regarding occasional ammonia odour within the changing facilities at Galashiels Swimming Pool.

“Live Borders facilities are audited regularly to ensure the highest standards of hygiene at all times.

“The odour emanates from the underground drainage system. The recent bad weather has resulted in higher water levels, which causes the odour.

“Customer feedback is always welcome. We are addressing the complaint to minimise the odour and manage the situation to the best of our ability.

“The staff at Galashiels Swimming Pool continue to deliver excellent hygiene records and high levels of service.”