Campaigners 'over the moon' as successful grant bid means new roof dream can become reality

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:34 06 February 2019

The pool at the moment. Picture: Peter Stanley

The pool at the moment. Picture: Peter Stanley

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Campaigners are 'over the moon' as improvements to a community pool in Pill look set to go ahead after receiving a significant cash boost.

Members of the support group with young swimmer Phoebe. Picture: Peter StanleyMembers of the support group with young swimmer Phoebe. Picture: Peter Stanley

Crockerne Pool Community Support Group (CPCSG) has been awarded a £21,000 grant from the Aviva Community Fund Scheme to convert the indoor summer pool at Crockerne Primary School, in Westward Drive, into a year-round facility.

The project will see the pool’s outdated building, built in the 1960s, replaced with a modern, energy-efficient design, which will allow it to remain open during the winter and spring months.

Following a public vote, which saw the pool receive more than 10,000 votes, a panel of judges from Aviva decided to back the scheme.

Group chairman Peter Stanley said: “We are over the moon. This will allow us to start putting the next steps in place to have the building replaced and the pool able to be used all year round.

The artist's impression of the pool. Picture: Maurice BrainThe artist's impression of the pool. Picture: Maurice Brain

“It has been a long haul for us, the campaign has been going for two years and it would have taken us several more to get this much money through fundraising alone.

“It is great for the community to finally see it happen as they have been hearing about it happening for years and years.

Though the plans for the new enclosure will need to be approved by North Somerset Council, the group are confident that it will be complete by 2020.

The new structure is being designed, for free, by Bristol-based architect Stride Treglown.

Members of the support group with young swimmer Phoebe. Picture: Peter StanleyMembers of the support group with young swimmer Phoebe. Picture: Peter Stanley

Divisional director John Kirkby said: “One of the ladies in HR has a son who uses the pool, she approached our managing director about the campaign and we decided to help as we thought it was a really good cause.

“We were particularly interested because of the unique enclosure it has and are hoping to keep the geodesic dome, as it would be a shame to see the feature go to waste.

Andy Briggs, Aviva UK Insurance’s chief executive, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the passion and commitment we have seen from community groups.

“This year, Aviva is going beyond just giving funding; we are offering our skills, knowledge and connections to help build stronger communities together, and are proud to play our part in supporting the change-makers who work so hard to make a difference in their local area.”

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