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Rugeley Pool Update

Rugeley Pool Update

Work to reopen Rugeley Pool following a devastating flood is set to begin.

A burst water pipe destroyed thousands of pounds of electrical equipment in the pool plant room – responsible for keeping the water clean and safe.

Specialist electrical engineers assessed the damage alongside insurers, and contractors have been commissioned for the work to commence this month. The flood caused significant damage, destroying key equipment, including the main control panel. A full electrical rewire is needed, as well as the replacement of some specialist equipment.

Neil Hutchinson, Managing Director at Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (IHL), who manage Rugeley Leisure Centre on behalf of Cannock Chase Council, said:

We appreciate the ongoing support from our customers and recognise how important the pool is for the Rugeley community. The project is complex and includes extensive repairs work and installation, however we will endeavour to keep the project on schedule whilst also making sure the pool is safe and back to its usual high quality.

If you are an IHL Rugeley member, please check your email for information on alternative and additional sessions that are available to keep you and your family active during the closure.

This includes a new timetable of temporary swimming lessons at Chase Leisure Centre, 18 additional hours of pool sessions at Chase Leisure Centre and replacements for water based classes like Aqua Aerobics.

If you are a Direct Debit member, but have not received the email, please contact our team by emailing

A provisional date for completion of the work has been set for the end of April.

We will confirm an exact re-opening date for the pool once the work has begun and initial testing has concluded.

Councillor Jo Elson, Cannock Chase Council’s Portfolio Leader for Community Wellbeing said:

We understand how frustrating this must be for our residents who use the pool at Rugeley. As a result, we have had regular discussions with the team at Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles about the challenges being dealt with and, crucially, the remedies being put in place.

We are just glad that progress is now being made and the pool will hopefully be back in use in a matter of weeks.

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