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Pool windows covered up for Muslim swimmers

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Windows at a Black Country leisure centre have been covered up at the request of Muslim women who do not want people to see them swimming.

Windows at a Black Country leisure centre have been covered up at the request of Muslim women who do not want people to see them swimming.

The move at Darlaston Leisure Centre was today criticised by other swimmers. Walsall Council said it acknowledged the request of the Muslim community, adding that it could not afford to put frosted glass in.

The centre opened in 2000 and with its striking glass panels, has been praised for its "ultra-modern design". The windows are now covered by a dark film.

Users have contacted the Express & Star complaining about the new look.

Retired legal secretary Pauline Poole, who uses the baths in Victoria Road up to four times a week, said: ""I returned to swimming after having a cataracts operation some months ago and was looking forward to looking out on some lovely trees while swimming.

"What I found was a situation that reminded me of how it felt like before my operation, like looking at a horrible cloudy view.

"If it was done for a minority of people, then why was there no vote on it?"

Councillor Anthony Harris said : "I'm pleased that we've been able to make these modifications because not only does it show we're listening to the views and concerns of our users but also because it enhances the privacy of swimmers."

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