New community pool enclosure much closer to reality

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 15:39 11 December 2018

The pool at the moment. Picture: Peter Stanley

The pool at the moment. Picture: Peter Stanley

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Improvements to a community pool in Pill look set to take place after receiving a major cash boost.

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

Improvements to a community pool in Pill could become a reality much sooner than campaigners thought.

Crockerne Pool Community Support Group (CPCSG) is through to the final round to receive a grant of £21,000 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The project will see the pool’s outdated building, built in the 1960s, replaced with a modern, energy-efficient design, which will allow it to remain open during the winter and spring months.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, the project has now been passed through to a judging panel from Aviva who will make their decision on January 24.

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

Of more than 500 projects nationwide applying for funding, the community pool came in fifth in the public vote.

Group chairman Peter Stanley said: “We are delighted. It has been a long haul for us. It has been two years since we started fundraising and this grant will be a major boost, as it would have taken us several years to get this much money through fundraising alone.

“We were getting to the point where the whole team were wondering if it was ever going to do it.

“It is great for the community who have heard about it happening for years and years.

“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 be able to be used all year round.

“It has to go through planning and that will take some time, but we hope to be able to start building by the end of next winter and have the pool operational all-year round in 2020.”

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

Divisional director John Kirkby said: “It is a really good cause. One of the ladies in HR has a son who uses the pool and she approached our managing director and we heard the back story about it being constructed after a boy drowned and decided to help. “We were particularly interested because of the unique enclosure it has.

“We are hoping to keep the geodesic dome, it would be a shame to see it go to waste.”

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