The WLBC owned Park Pool that’s Serco managed
is infested with cockroaches.
The Champion reports it, although it doesn’t admit to it being Serco. It uses the alias West Lancashire Community Leisure Trust, its funding partner. But Serco it is that “vows urgent action to deal with repeated infestation of pests…which begs the question, why are there repeated infestations, because cockroaches carry and spread various diseases, pathogens, bacteria, and germs”.
Wherever they travel they leave a path of urine, faeces, and regurgitated saliva and digestive fluids that contain harmful agents that can be transmitted to humans. These agents can cause E. coli, salmonella, typhoid, urinary tract infections, digestive problems, and sepsis. For anyone in who is very young, very old, or already has a compromised immune system or serious illness, these diseases can be life threatening.
WLBC states “Our Health Promotion Service aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of West Lancashire. We do this through the provision of education, training and workshops, and by supporting both local and national campaigns for health improvement within the borough. The service delivers health promotion initiatives on a wide range of topics including accident prevention, food safety, healthy eating and infection disease control. Our Health Promotion Officer, and members of the Commercial Safety Team work, in partnership with a range of individuals from the community, public, private and voluntary sector to promote and improve health”.
So when did Serco inform the WLBC Health Promotion Officer about cockroaches around the viewing area, vending machines, changing rooms, and toilet areas? Can we believe WLBC knew of these infestations and are now embarrassed because pool users have complained to the press? 14 week spray cycles might now be obsolete, every two weeks should become the norm!
And, considering Serco claimed “UK Pool & Spa Awards 2018”, “Water Leisure Operator of the Year”, “Category winner Serco Leisure”, will they return the trophy?