Diving boards at Chesterfield leisure centre removed over health and safety fears

Queen's Park Sports Centre.
Queen's Park Sports Centre.

The diving boards at Queen’s Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield have been removed following a health and safety check.

The boards were found to be unfit for purpose due to their age and general condition and will not be repaired or replaced.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “It would cost approximately £40,000 to repair the diving boards and platforms to the required standard.

“Not only would it take too long to repair and re-commission, this is not the best use of council tax payers’ money when the current Queen’s Park Sports Centre will close within a year.

“We are committed to providing top-quality leisure facilities for our residents; this is why we and our partners are investing £11.25million to build the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre on the site of Queen’s Park Annexe.”

A borough council spokesman added: “The time set aside on the pool timetable for diving activities will be replaced with other swimming opportunities.”