HADDINGTON’S revamped swimming pool will not reopen on time.

The pool at the town’s Aubigny Sports Centre closed on April 23 as part of a nine-week refurbishment.

However, enjoyleisure, which manages the sports centre, off the town’s Mill Wynd, confirmed that the pool would not re-open on Tuesday as planned.

Instead, the opening date has been pushed back a month to July 27.

Bill Axon, chief executive of enjoyleisure, said: “Whilst we are extremely disappointed with the delay, we remain extremely excited about the enhancements and improvements being provided for our customers.

“These works will transform the swimming pool environment at Aubigny into a more modern and dynamic setting aimed at motivating and encouraging more people to get more active more often.

“Although the dry side facilities remain open at Aubigny, this extended closure of the swimming pool is not what anyone would wish.

“enjoy would welcome all our customers at any of our other swimming pools, which remain open.”

An email was sent out to enjoyleisure members which highlighted the problems.

Tom Reid, head of infrastructure at East Lothian Council, echoed Mr Axon’s disappointment.

He said: “Everyone is looking forward to the completion of this renovation, which will transform the look of the pool for the benefit of the many people who use this much-loved facility.

“We are disappointed that, due to a supply chain issue outwith our control, the date for the pool’s re-opening has been now been revised from the end of June with a new opening date of July 27.

“We appreciate this will be frustrating for pool users who will be eagerly anticipating the pool’s re-opening and we are grateful for their patience and understanding.

“I’d like to assure everyone that we are working very closely with the contractor, subcontractor and enjoyleisure to complete the project within this revised timeframe.”

The pool hall dates back to the 1970s, with the refurbishment plans including the complete replacement of custom-fit ceiling window panels and a new roof covering.

Both pools – the four-lane swimming pool and East Lothian’s only dedicated infant pool – were to be drained, with a new light ceiling covering replacing the wood cladding.

A new energy-efficient lighting scheme is also to be fitted, which it is hoped will transform the look and feel of the facility.

Existing wall tiles will be replaced with wall liner panels.

The delay also means the pool will not be open ahead of the school summer holidays starting next Friday (June 28).

While the pool and health suite are closed, the rest of the centre, including the gym, dance studio, sports hall and cafe, remain open.

Ward councillor Craig Hoy said: “The delay to the reopening of the Aubigny Sports Centre swimming pool will clearly be disappointing for local residents hoping to use the facilities over the school holidays.

“I hope East Lothian Council continues to work closely with the contractors and enjoyleisure to ensure there are no further delays.

“The renovation is very welcome, but as the Haddington population grows we still need to explore how to further enhance and expand our leisure and sporting facilities to ensure they remain on a level with those available elsewhere in the county and beyond.”