Contractors are moving in on Monday 30 January to start on a major repair and improvement programme at the Pool. Opened in 1962, the 55 year old lido is beginning to show its age, despite a major makeover in 2009 when it was taken over by the Trust after being threatened with closure by North Somerset Council. Temporary repairs have been made to the crumbling pool edges and original tile lining but we have have now made the decision that the scum channels should be replaced by more modern and efficient skimmers. The recent leaks in the pool have been traced to movement in the floor tiles so a heavy duty liner will be installed, while the original 1960s plant and pipework will be replaced by state of the art equipment which will greatly improve the filtration and reduce the problem of cloudy water on busy days. Thanks to a grant from Portishead Town Council, there will also be a new pool cover and roller to replace the current one which collapsed at the end of the 2016 season.
The upgrading of the pool and plant will cost in the region of £250,000 and it is estimated that there will be a £25,000 shortfall in available funds. The Trust is therefore looking at fundraising options, including a drive to increase membership and five year season tickets, as well as applications to grant funding bodies. Any local companies interested in sponsorship should contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had also hoped to upgrade the changing rooms this winter with a grant from the Aviva Community Fund, but in spite of the community voting online in their thousands last November, we were unsuccessful. However, this will certainly be at the top of the list for our next project.
The works will take up to two months and if all goes well, we should be able to open on schedule for the summer season on Thursday 13 April, in time for the Easter holidays.