Fire-hit Ashbourne Leisure Centre pool closed until next year

Ashbourne leisure centre fire
Image caption The swimming pool's filtration system was affected by the fire

A swimming pool that was closed after a suspected arson attack is to remain shut until early next year.

It was initially thought the pool at Ashbourne Leisure Centre would only be closed for several weeks after the blaze in July.

Derbyshire Dales District Council said the damage will cost them about £300,000 in repairs and lost revenue.

An 18-year-old man is due to appear at Derby Magistrates' Court on 24 September charged with arson.

'Detailed inspection'

The leisure centre's plant room was damaged, including the pool filtration system, meaning the pool had to close until further notice.

The centre's fitness suite, sports hall and squash courts have remained.

A district council spokesman said: "We are devastated by this news and sympathise with our regular customers.

"Early investigations suggested we might be able to reopen the pool in the autumn, but a more detailed inspection has revealed that the damage to the plant room and other parts of the leisure centre are worse than we first feared."

It is believed the fire started in a bin outside the building before spreading to the roof.

Two other teenagers were released without charge after being questioned about the blaze.

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