Brightlingsea Town Council has agreed to fund the repairs to the town’s open air swimming pool that prevented it opening in May. Tendring District Council – which operates the site – will pay to run it this season.
The plan was agreed on Wednesday June 15 following talks with the district council two day before. Ongoing negotiations will continue between the two councils over the long term future of the swimming pool. Tendring would like to see it become Brightlingsea’s responsibility – and no opening date has yet been fixed.
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 it should now 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.”
Last year TDC subsidised the pool to the tune of £55,000 with a further £10,000 contribution from Brightlingsea Town Council. Tendring said that as it was looking for savings of £3.5million by 2020 it could not allow that level of subsidy to continue.
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.