On Tuesday 9th May Shoalstone Pool Limited held a public meeting to begin to explore ideas for some possible development work at Shoalstone Pool.
We were pleased to see this meeting well attended, with thirty-five members of the public joining us to explore our initial ideas and discuss how they might be developed.
Shoalstone Pool Limited is committed to promoting and protecting Shoalstone Pool’s heritage and its use as a civic amenity. It is run by volunteers who work extremely hard to raise the money needed to keep the pool open in the absence of any Local Authority funding.
Whilst we have succeeded in taking the pool from strength to strength for the past three years, we are extremely conscious that the fabric of the pool is very fragile – and getting increasingly so. We have therefore been exploring options for funding for some major structural work to repair the natural wear and tear the pool has suffered since its last major structural repairs around forty years ago and protect it against the elements for (hopefully) many more years to come.
The cost of this work will be extensive if we are to do it properly, and in order for our bid to be attractive to funding bodies we will need to demonstrate our ability to pay for the pool’s operation into the future.
To this end, we have commissioned a feasibility study from local architects, something that was included as part of our successful bid to the Coastal Revival Fund at the end of 2015. The intention of this study is to explore the full range of what might be possible on the pool site as a starting point to allow us to work with the local community to develop a larger funding bid. The ideas presented on 9th May were the result of the first phase of this work. They included concept sketches and images to inspire further conversation, and we envisage that these ideas will change dramatically in the coming months.
We are very much hoping to work with you as local residents as well as other members of the local community to develop ideas for the site, balancing the need to create revenue streams for the pool with the need to preserve the very special nature of the Shoalstone area and enhance the environment for residents and visitors alike.
There are a number of possible ideas currently under discussion, including making provision for a children’s play area, extending the existing restaurant facility, improving accessibility and facilities for watersports and wellness activities, increasing the number of day-use beach huts, and maybe even providing a few slightly larger beach huts that could accommodate overnight visitors. None of these ideas are set in stone, but we need to start somewhere! Further details are available on the news section of our website (www.shoalstonepool.com), and we will also be holding further public meetings over the summer as these ideas develop.
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We would love to hear your views, both your concerns and your ideas for alternative approaches as well as any questions you might have: please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the point at which Brixham Town Council took over responsibility for the pool from Torbay Council, there was a very real danger that the pool would be closed forever – to be allowed to fall into irreversible disrepair, or to be filled in with concrete and become a blot on the landscape – as has in fact been the fate of numerous lidos in the UK in recent years. This would be a tragedy for our community, and a real loss to the heritage of Brixham.
Shoalstone Pool Limited are committed to making sure that does not happen.Follow