Plans to close Newry swimming pool for essential repairs have been kept away from the public eye as further delays to a closure strategy were discussed behind closed doors.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (NMDDC) officials had previously signed off on an eight week closure in October 2022 without debate in chambers.
The shut down operation was due to take place over the Christmas period.
However, outraged councillors swiftly moved to force a u-turn on the decision and argued that they should be brought in to any future consultation on the leisure facility.
A plan had been mooted in chambers earlier this year, to be before the council chamber by Easter, although no decision was presented before the media.
This week the strategy, policy and resources (SPR) committee discussed the potential plans for the swimming pool in confidential session.
It is understood that repairs are needed to address loose tiling on the pool floor with the swimming facility required to be drained for work to be carried out.
With the next full council on September 4, any potential plans to close the Newry Leisure Centre swimming pool for repairs, will once again be in the mouth of Christmas.