Pong at Falkirk pool too much

The Mariner Centre celebrates its 39th anniversary next month
The Mariner Centre celebrates its 39th anniversary next month

A mystery smell is leaving gym and sauna users turning up their nose at the pong in a popular sports centre.

One fed-up customer at the Mariner Centre said the facility, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next month, is not as well maintained as similar sports complexes in the area.

However, Falkirk Community Trust, which runs the Camelon facility on behalf of Falkirk Council, said it is trying to get to the bottom of the problem.

Dane Chisholm (22), of Bonnybridge, has been regularly using the gym and sauna for the last few years, but said in the last 12 months the smell has become almost unbearable.

He said: “I’ve noticed the horrid smell every time I visit. You go into the showers feeling cleaner than when you come out.

“I previously attended Grangemouth Sports Complex and it was always kept very tidy and had upgraded showers.”

Dane was told by staff that there was an “intermittent issue” with an unpleasant odour in the swimming pool changing village but investigations had failed to find a cause.

Earlier this year the Mariner pool was closed for several weeks to install a new wave machine at a cost of £160,000.

However, Dane was told that an upgrade of the sauna area and changing rooms would be considered if funds became available.

Paul Finnie, the trust’s sport and recreation manager, said: “We are aware of the issues in the changing village at the Mariner Centre and assure our customers we are doing everything we can to identify the problem.

“The Mariner Centre changing area is cleaned and checked regularly so we are well aware of the issue and are working with environmental health to reach a conclusion.”