THE swimming pool at Kinloss Barracks is to close.
The pool will shut its doors next month, the station commander has revealed.
Lieutentant Colonel Andy Sturrock said considerable efforts had been made to secure its future.
"It is evident that the pool is no longer financially sustainable," he said.
The pool has existed for many years under the control of RAF Kinloss but following closure of the air station in 2012, it later became an Army base and home to 39 Engineer Regiment.
Lt Col Sturrock said the decision to close the pool had not been taken lightly and would not be his course of action if a viable option existed.
"I have always made it clear that a budget to support operation of a swimming pool, such as that afforded to RAF Kinloss for aircrew survival training, is not available to 39 Engr Regiment," he added.
Recent changes to scheduling have not been enough to support the continued opening of the pool.
Added Lt Col Sturrock: "Faced with a rising financial deficit and the prospect of increased utilities costs in the winter months, it is essential that sufficient funds are retained to ensure the safe closure of the pool and to provide for contractual payments to be made to existing employees."
The decision has been taken to close the swimming pool after the close of business on Saturday October 12. This will allow completion of the current programme of swimming lessons, for which people have already paid.
"I share the disappointment which will be felt by the local community at the loss of this facility, as the pool equally provides a valuable asset for the routine physical training and rehabilitation of injured soldiers within my Regiment.
"I sincerely hope that closure of the pool is not permanent but equally can give no firm indication of when or if it will re-open.
"As a Regiment we will continue to pursue the options and will also press ahead with the military lifeguard training previously announced, to provide the capacity to support swimming training in the future.