A RESIDENT says she is "livid" after a swimming pool said it planned to re-open because the Government is easing the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Carrock View Leisure Pool, Brampton, announced its intention to open subject to strict health and hygiene criteria.

But it's come after an industry body clarified that swimming pools must remain closed as part of the Government's Coronavirus regulations.

However a resident, who does not want to be named, said: "I'm absolutely livid when I heard the news.

"The priority should be the health and wellbeing of children, I think it is completely illegal."

The News & Star has attempted to contact the swimming pool's owners for comment but have not been able to get a response prior to deadline.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday the pool's owners said:"We have decided to open on Saturday May 16 to offer an alternative daily exercise, however the following guidelines must be adhered to, to ensure the highest hygiene standards are maintained within our facility."

It added a number of health and hygiene criteria customers had to meet.

On their Facebook messages a number of people expressed support for their decision.

One said: "Oh my word it'll be so good to come for a swim we will be booking for sure."

Another said: "Good on you."

And another said: "Hi could you give me details of how to book so I could get booked in ASAP please."

However others took issue, one resident said: "The guidance from Gov.uk is very clear that leisure facilities should be closed."

Another said: "I can't believe my eyes."

The pool's announcement goes against guidance from The Swimming Teachers' Association CEO Dave Candler who on Tuesday sent a letter to members.

He said: "To clarify the regulations, all commercial swimming pools are to remain closed until at least early in July - and if a private residential swimming pool was to be used prior to this date by a paying customer, by default it becomes classed as a commercial pool and the residential pool owner would be breaking the law.

"We must all adhere to current Government guidelines that clearly state that swimming pools must remain closed."

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Constabulary said swimming pools are on the list of businesses that are to remain closed but would not comment further.