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Setback for leisure centre revamp

The leisure centre is set to be fully operational in February

A major revamp of a leisure centre in Surrey hit a setback when crumbling cement was found underneath the floor tiles of a swimming pool.

The six-month refurbishment of Cranleigh Leisure Centre was due to be unveiled on 4 January, but the site will now be operational in February.

Waverley council said contractors found a solution but the leisure centre would stay closed a few weeks longer.

The work is part of a £9.1m revamp of leisure centres across the borough.

Waterproof cement

Councillor Roger Steel said: "This unexpected, additional stage in the pool refurbishment means that the pools will need to remain closed for a few more weeks than was originally planned.

"We are now working towards the centre, including both pools, being fully operational during the week beginning 22 February 2010."

He said the crumbling cement was found under the large swimming pool, after specialist contractors drained it and removed the tiles.

They found areas of the cement base had deteriorated beyond the stage of simple repair.

Mr Steel said small areas of the floor had to be dug up and filled with waterproof cement, and the pool then had to dry completely and be tested to make sure it was watertight.

Work started on the refurbishment on 13 July.

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