Delays at St Albans Westminster Lodge pool

Westminster Lodge, St Albans

Westminster Lodge, St Albans - Credit: Archant

One of St Albans’ newest leisure centres has become a victim of its own success, with youngsters at times waiting 45 minutes to have a swim.

Westminster Lodge has been using social media to warn visitors of delays to use the small pool over the summer break, because of higher demand.

There is a limit of just 75 children in the pool at a time, apparently because of health and safety rules.

A spokeswoman for the centre explained that at busier times staff were using a “banding system” to help ensure children were not left disappointed and all were given time to enjoy the pool. They are given a coloured band to wear upon entering the centre, and are called to the pool for an hour-long swim.

Youngsters have been allowed to use the soft play area for free on the occasions where there are delays.


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The spokeswoman said it had been busier when it was raining.

She added: “We’re hugely grateful to the local community for their continued support of Westminster Lodge and are pleased that more families are using our facility to get active during the school holidays.

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“We’ve been keeping users up-to-date on any waiting times in direct response to customer feedback, which asked us to let them know via social media if facilities are busier than usual.”

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