Brightlingsea Town Council (BTC) has agreed to fund repairs to the town’s open air swimming pool and Tendring District Council (TDC) – which operates the site – will pay to run it this season.

The Town Council agreed to a way forward at its meeting on Wednesday following talks with TDC on Monday. Ongoing negotiations will continue between the two councils over the long term future of the swimming pool.

Brightlingsea Mayor Karen Yallop said: “I am really pleased that we have managed to come to a workable arrangement for 2016. It will be vital that people who want to see the pool remain now make use of it once it reopens and we are looking for ideas to increase its use in the future to help make it a viable proposition.”

Carlo Guglielmi, Deputy Leader of TDC and Cabinet Member with responsibility for assets, said that a situation had been reached whereby it should be possible to get the swimming pool open for part of this summer.

“We will be speaking to BTC now about them appointing contractors to carry out the repairs and finding out exactly how long it will take for that to be achieved,” he said. “Once the work has been undertaken it will then take around three weeks for us to prepare it for re-opening to the public for use.”

Neil Stock, Leader of TDC, added: “I congratulate BTC on taking the initiative and their determination to retain this facility for the community.”

Last year TDC subsidised the pool to the tune of £55,000 after an annual £10,000 contribution from BTC was taken off. With TDC looking for savings of £3.5million by 2020 it said it could not allow that level of subsidy to continue, said to be well above other leisure sites.

Attendance figures from May to September at Brightlingsea Pool were 8,331 and around 50 per cent of those were visitors from outside the District.

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