Brightlingsea Open Air Swimming Pool has been under threat of closure for the last three years due to budget cuts imposed upon Tendring District Council by Central Government. It was scheduled to close in 2017 to save an estimated £60,000 operating costs.
Brightlingsea Town Council has had meetings with officers and officials from Tendring District Council – both councils did not want to see the pool closed – and there has been a successful compromise agreement demonstrating co-operative working between Town and District Councils to save a valuable regional asset.
The agreement will see the pool opened for a shortened period this year from 15th July to 9th September 2017. This agreement was provisional upon certain conditions.
- BTC agreeing to fund 50% of any operating loss for the two month opening period, up to a maximum of £30,000.
- BTC will commit to developing a business plan exploring options in respect of site improvements, grant aid funding, the use of renewable energy technology and community trust involvement in the future management of the facility.
Town councillors have been in contact with the Amateur Swimming Association, Sport England, and various environmental heating and design engineers. A local architect has drawn up some provisional plans and ideas are being incorporated as discussions evolve. The Town Council is committed to improving the pool and keeping it open as far as it is economically viable to do so.
It is vital however that we have the support of people in the town and we need to gauge public support and assess how the community want to be involved in the future. As part of this assessment the council is organising a public meeting on Wednesday 26th April at 7.30 pm, venue to be confirmed. Please come along to express your views or support.