The Council has received formal notice that a small number of lifeguards are to go on strike on the following dates:
Saturday, January 11 2020
Tuesday, January 14 2020
Saturday, January 18 2020
Tuesday, January 21 2020
Saturday, January 25 2020
Tuesday, January 28 2020
The industrial action relates to a dispute over a pay grading review and involves up to 13 members of the Unite union. An offer to continue talks to end the action has been made.
Every effort is being made to ensure minimum disruption to the swimming programme.
Any changes will be publicised on the leisure centres’ social media channels:
Any groups affected will be contacted directly.
Denise Park, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Chief Executive, said:
“Our lifeguards are highly valued members of staff and they perform an important role. All Council roles are assessed using a recognised nationally agreed job evaluation scheme and we regret that these officers are unhappy with the outcome of their pay and grading assessment.”
The Council currently employs 25 lifeguards at both sites.
BwD Leisure manages four swimming pools at two sites in Blackburn and Darwen, with plenty of provision for public swimming seven days a week. Swimming is available to the general public and members at BwD Leisure during publicised Public Swimming sessions including early morning swimming and parent and toddler sessions in our small pools.
Click on the links below to download a copy of our latest timetables:
Darwen Leisure Centre Pool Timetable NEW – as from Monday 14th October 2019
Holiday Opening Dates 2019:
|Public Swim/Lengths/Lane Walking:||Adult £4.45, Junior/OAP £2.70|
( 1 adult & 4 jnrs or 2 adults & 3 jnrs):
|Parent & Toddler
(1 adult & upto 2 toddlers):
Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult in the water. A responsible adult is someone who is aged 16 years or over. Only two children aged 1 – 8 years can accompany one responsible adult. Children under the age of 1 require one to one supervision, unless it is a Parent and Toddler session where two children per adult is allowed.
The changing room is in a family/communal style – there are no separate male and female areas. This gives flexibility, as it allows parents with children of a different gender, easy changing. There are group changing rooms for schools, which can be sectioned off from the rest of the changing area.
There are large family changing cubicles and all other cubicles are much larger than normal so that each one can fit one adult and one child. There are several baby changing units. There are individual enclosed showers and general shower areas.
All lockers in the centre operate by using £1 coins which are returnable. Keys for the lockers are on a wrist band which you can take with you when you swim. Re-usable locker tokens can be purchased at reception for £1 each.
Access to both the small pool and the large pool can be made via small sloping steps or if required a pool hoist or pool pod is available to lower bathers into the water. These can be used either standing or in a wheelchair. The leisure centre has large disabled changing rooms with the use of a hoist in the Wet Change Village. Lockers in the pool changing area and upstairs are accessible for wheelchair users. A lift is also available between floors. For more information please contact the leisure centre who will be happy to discuss on the telephone or arrange a visit to have a look around the facilities.