Some UK public swimming pools forced to close over national chlorine shortage

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Factors from Brexit to lower production in China to war in Ukraine linked to issues with securing supplies of pool chemicals

A shortage of chlorine is forcing some public swimming pools to close, with operators blaming factors ranging from a production fall in China to Brexit and the war in Ukraine.

Saxon Pool in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, has been closed to general swimmers since 6 May, with the operator and Central Bedfordshire council cancelling almost all sessions, apart from swimming lessons and a swimathon event.

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