Council 'washes hands' of Westbury Swimming Club claim

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Westbury Amateur Swimming Club’s claim for compensation from Wiltshire Council for money lost while the swimming pool was closed from March to June last year has fallen on deaf ears.

The club submitted a compensation claim for about £3,000, which takes into account some of the members the club lost, as well as travel expenses, costs for using other pools and refunds for cancelled sessions.

The pool was originally expected to close for three to four weeks from March so repairs could be carried out by contractors after the new pool lining failed, but further issues resulted in the opening being put back to June 10.

The council eventually appointed a new contractor to carry out the repairs on the pool, while seeking the full cost of the work needed from the original contractors.

Westbury Amateur Swimming Club secretary Neil Tribick said: “We have been told that all the council is offering is help to raise membership numbers.

“They have said we should put any claim to DC Leisure. They have basically washed their hands of it. What are they going to do to help build up our membership that we are not already doing?

“We know there is nothing contractually obligating them, but morally we feel they owe us something as we are the main users of the pool.”

Mr Tribick added that the club’s claim only covered about one third of the members they ended up losing, with 24 swimmers deciding to cancel their membership.

A Wiltshire Council spokes-man said: “We made every effort to help Westbury Swimming Club find pool space. This has continued since the pool re-opened including offering to help the club secure new members.

“We made it clear that any claim for compensation would have to be sought from DC Leisure. However, DC Leisure has also confirmed that their booking conditions do not provide compensation in instances such as these.

“Wiltshire Council has reached an agreement with the contractor to recover costs for work which resulted in the pool being closed for longer than planned. The council was only able to claim for the costs relating to the delay.”

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9:46am Fri 10 Jan 14

frankie007 says...

Why on earth should they be compensated by US? What about the rest of us who couldn't use the pool? Should we all get compensation, or just the ones who monopolise the pool so we can't go swimming at that particular time?
Why on earth should they be compensated by US? What about the rest of us who couldn't use the pool? Should we all get compensation, or just the ones who monopolise the pool so we can't go swimming at that particular time? frankie007
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9:53am Fri 10 Jan 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Just suck it up Mr Tribick and stop your whinging. You said yourself that the Council isn't contractually obliged to compensate you... and it has nothing to do with morals.
Just suck it up Mr Tribick and stop your whinging. You said yourself that the Council isn't contractually obliged to compensate you... and it has nothing to do with morals. Mrs Donnyfly
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10:49am Fri 10 Jan 14

Blanche Terraine says...

What a bunch of wet whingers seeking compensation from a council serving all of us. The Westbury Amateur Swimming Club might as well attempt to pick our pockets on the street.
What a bunch of wet whingers seeking compensation from a council serving all of us. The Westbury Amateur Swimming Club might as well attempt to pick our pockets on the street. Blanche Terraine
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3:36pm Fri 10 Jan 14

€d says...

I would be very aggrieved if public money was spent by Wilts Council to compensate a swimming club when it was under no obligation to do so.
I would be very aggrieved if public money was spent by Wilts Council to compensate a swimming club when it was under no obligation to do so. €d
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12:17pm Sat 11 Jan 14

brasstacks says...

If Wilts Council have a Contract with Westbury Swimming Club that includes the provision of Contractual Maintainance of the Facilities they rent, then the Swimming Club have surely every Right to ask for Compensation from Wilts Council ?

If Wilts Council ARE Claiming Compensation from their Contractor who DID fail to provide adequate Services, then surely the Council could offer a tad more to the Club than "help with membership" ?...

The Swimming Club IS a fabtastic Facility for many in Westbury and surrounding areas..

It needs to be remembered that if Ms Scott has her way, she IS going to shut it Westbury Pool and flog it off to the highest bidder to get dosh back that she has miss spent on other things..

Westbury Swimming Club ARE providing a Service that has not only been Historically beneficial but should continue to be an essential part of Recreational Life in Westbury..

Ms Scott needs to Disclose (FOIA) how MUCH Compensation Wilts Council is going to get from the Contractors whose Services saw Westbury Swimming Club go without its Pool !!......

Please be kind to the Swimming Club when you comment....they are NOT asking for a massive pay rise like Jane Scott gave herself...
If Wilts Council have a Contract with Westbury Swimming Club that includes the provision of Contractual Maintainance of the Facilities they rent, then the Swimming Club have surely every Right to ask for Compensation from Wilts Council ? If Wilts Council ARE Claiming Compensation from their Contractor who DID fail to provide adequate Services, then surely the Council could offer a tad more to the Club than "help with membership" ?... The Swimming Club IS a fabtastic Facility for many in Westbury and surrounding areas.. It needs to be remembered that if Ms Scott has her way, she IS going to shut it Westbury Pool and flog it off to the highest bidder to get dosh back that she has miss spent on other things.. Westbury Swimming Club ARE providing a Service that has not only been Historically beneficial but should continue to be an essential part of Recreational Life in Westbury.. Ms Scott needs to Disclose (FOIA) how MUCH Compensation Wilts Council is going to get from the Contractors whose Services saw Westbury Swimming Club go without its Pool !!...... Please be kind to the Swimming Club when you comment....they are NOT asking for a massive pay rise like Jane Scott gave herself... brasstacks
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10:24am Sun 12 Jan 14

beetawix says...

Three paragraphs of your article tell us what the Wiltshire Council spokesman said in response to the swimming club's claim. How do you deduce from that that the claim fell on deaf ears, both in the article's headline and opening sentence?
Three paragraphs of your article tell us what the Wiltshire Council spokesman said in response to the swimming club's claim. How do you deduce from that that the claim fell on deaf ears, both in the article's headline and opening sentence? beetawix
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