Published: March 2, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea swimming pool to remain open despite tile problems

Burnham-On-Sea's swimming pool will be open as normal this week, despite major new tile problems that have emerged on the bottom of the pool.

As first reported by last week, Mark and Sara Cox-Conklin, owners of the Burnham Swim and Sports Academy, discovered a large 15x3 metre area of tiles had worked free in the middle of the pool.

"The area has now been temporarily patched up to make it safe, pending further investigations, and the pool will continue to be open as normal throughout the week," Mark told

"We've found over the last few days that the pool's tiles were originally set in render, not the normal adhesive and grout that we see on modern pools today."

"This means that over several years, the water has got in behind the tiles and many have popped up. We probably will have to do a major repair job to replace the majority of the old tiles at some point," added Mark.

"However, we want to do this at a time that's least inconvenient to our customers and so are simply ensuring that the pool and tiles are safe with a temporary repairs at the moment while we plan for the bigger job."

The pool re-opened last week following repairs to a partially collapsed pool wall, which happened last December when a large number of tiles peeled off the side.

The cafe, shop and other facilities at the pool are also open as normal.


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