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Puerto pledges financial fund to help “displaced” swimming clubs 

Puerto de la Cruz council has pledged to do all it can to help swimming clubs displaced during planned reforms of the municipal pool.

An urgent meeting has been held between local officials, the Canary Swimming Federation and Tenerife Cabildo with a view to setting up a fund to help cover expenses to travel to a different venue.

This would directly help Puerto clubs unable to use the swimming pool until refurbishment and repairs are concluded and it is subsequently reopened.

This meeting was the last in a series which have taken place to discuss the matter and to draft the project which will turn the old municipal pool into a modern centre.

Those attending included the councillor for sport, Javier González; the Cabildo’s insular director for co-ordination of projects, Ofelia Manjón and insular councillor for sports administration, Cristo Pérez.

The breakage of various pipes and vessels in December 2015 led to serious damage in the engi-ne room and subsequent flooding.

Since then, Puerto council has been working on the plan to set up a help fund for those swimming clubs displaced because of the closure. The fund would offset the cost of travel to other municipalities to use their pools as a temporary training site.

Javier González said they were well aware of the problems the situation had caused clubs and wanted to guarantee the availability of this long-awaited aid.

It was also stressed that the council had “not stopped working” on the modernisation plan and hoped the project would go out to tender in early 2017. They were pressing for urgent action without delays but stressed there were many requirements and regulations to comply with.

“We are convinced that it is this is the best possible solution to enjoy decent facilities in Puerto de la Cruz and therefore in north Tenerife,” said Javier González.