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Those of you following this blog or our Facebook or Twitter feeds will be aware that we came up with some ideas to develop the pool, in order to keep it open and build a repair fund. Over the Spring and Summer we conducted three face to face public meetings (one attached to a Brixham Town Council meeting); an on-line survey; a youth evening and random poolside surveys while it was lifeguarded.
The Shoalstone CIC will consider these figures and respond to a host of other comments and ideas, but in the meantime we’re sharing the numbers.
We had around 100 visits to our face to face events and 55 people completed the on-line survey. In total 134 people filled in a feedback form.
The types of people responding broke down like this (all % are rounded) –
Men 45%, Women 55%
Under 18 20%; 18-24 7%; 25-34 7%; 35-44 10%; 45-54 14%; 55-64 24%; 65+ 18%
Have a disability? 12%
TQ postcode 84%; Visitor 16%
Responses to questions
Strongly Agree and Agree; and Strongly Disagree and Disagree are combined. I’ve omitted the neutrals, but know that you can work that out!
Day or weekly Beach Hut hire – Agree 72% Disagree 5%
Overnight Beach Huts – Agree 54% Disagree 29%
Extend restaurant – Agree 65% Disagree 14%
Create a small kiosk – Agree 59% Disagree 24%
Kayak/SUP etc hire space – Agree 79% Disagree 8%
Outdoor cinema (occasional) – Agree 69% Disagree 19%
Use overflow car park – Agree 84% Disagree 0%
Poolside hot tubs/Sauna – Agree 71% Disagree 16%
Natural Playground – Agree 76% Disagree 15%
Changing rooms – Agree 87% Disagree 6%
Accessibility improvements – Agree 76% Disagree 3%
Youth provision – Agree 81% Disagree 3%
A word of caution
Before the nay-sayers or the yay-sayers get too excited by these results, remember that Shoalstone CIC was testing ideas. And it has yet to come back on a range of commentary…and they have to get funding to develop the ideas to something workable…and then get the money to do the work. And at the same time keep you informed and consulted as they go along. But as the person doing the analysis (I am a volunteer), it struck me that, generally, people are keen to see the pool generate more income, but not at the expense of what they see as the aesthetic of the place. And this is a very personal thing.
Let’s take green space. Several commentators said they loved the ‘natural’ green space. Those of you with longer memories than I, will remember when the green space had a putting green on it. And those of you with an ecological bent will no doubt say that there is very little natural about a lawn. And the one person who said, “children don’t use the playgrounds and activities we already have in Brixham” is, I believe, deeply misinformed.
The visuals were developed by Kay Elliot, who were paid for some initial work and then donated their labour for free. And the consultation events, on-line survey and processing of results were done, for free, by the Board of Shaolstone Pool CIC and several of its many volunteers.
More to follow in the next few months
We know that Shoalstone Pool is a spectacular location and is very attractive to operators of drones. However the laws on drone use are very clear:
- Drones must NOT be flown within 150m of congested areas with lots of members of the public
- Drones must NOT be flown within 50m of properties or persons whose permission you do not have – this also includes vehicles, public highways and any seagoing vessels
If you wish to use your drone anywhere on the Shoalstone Pool site, you will need to email email@example.com to obtain written permission. We are very happy to hear from professional drone operators who have the appropriate licenses in place.
If you attempt to use a drone without obtaining this permission, you will be asked to stop flying it immediately and will be reported to the police if you do not comply. If you fail to adhere to these rules set by the Civil Aviation Authority you could be prosecuted and fined up to £5000.
Unfortunately this summer we have had a number of incidents where our staff and volunteers have been subject to abuse from members of the public when asking them to comply with drone legislation. This is completely unacceptable and we are working with the local police to avoid incidents like this in the future.
We take our responsibilities for the safety of our staff, pool users and members of the public on the Shoalstone Pool site very seriously, and hope you understand that these rules are in place to protect everybody and keep Shoalstone Pool a safe and pleasant place to be.
Do you have some free weekends in September?
We need your help to host an exciting arts event happening around Torbay.
The Tale is a guided trail through artworks and performances made for the coast of Torbay. From the streets of Torquay, through hidden coves and historic harbours, to Berry Head Nature Reserve and Brixham’s Shoalstone Pool.
A collaboration between people and place, ‘The Tale’ is an adventurous arts event for explorers of all ages.
We need passionate people to get involved with:
– Welcoming audiences
- Supporting artists
– Helping out behind the scenes
Be part of an exciting event, meet new people and help us bring ‘The Tale’ to life.
Shifts at Shoalstone Pool:
3 x Volunteer Hosts per performance to help with greeting audience, stewarding and providing information
Shift times: 5 – 8pm
Weds 6 Sept (briefing)
Fri – Sun 8 – 10 Sept
Fri – Sun 15 – 17 Sept
Fri – Sun 22 – 24 Sept
Hosts can select shifts to suit their availability.
This is an unpaid voluntary position, however Situations can provide a free ticket to The Tale and expenses reimbursed (local travel and refreshments).
Sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/XyeC9ymdnYMU6g4B2
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wander down Bolton Street you’ll come across the wonderful – it is full of wonders – Hammer and Nails. Run and owned by Andrew and Angela for nearly 30 years, they are one of our pool sponsors. Without them, and many others, the pool would close…as we are dependent on your generosity.
They both highlight how the pool is used by families and children (it’s the only lifeguarded bit of the Bay) and contributes to the character of Brixham – it’s friendliness, it’s time to pause and talk, it’s uniqueness.
Although Andrew says he’s never swum in it, but he has dined at Shoals Cafe on the Lido, he makes the point that “once it’s gone, it’s gone”. At Hammer and Nails they give a little bit every year to a range of local causes – this week they’re supporting the RNLI Lifeboat Week – so every piece of hardwear, kitchenware or timber you buy goes, in a small way, to helping our pool, other local assets and keeping a vital local shop going.
Thank you Andrew, Angela, the staff at Hammer and Nails (01803 852050) and Teddy for helping us and Brixham to be the lovely place it is.
For over ninety years, children and young people in Brixham have whiled away the summer in Shoalstone Pool. Free to use, with decks to lounge on and fifty metres of clean seawater to enjoy: it’s no surprise that it’s a favourite spot whenever the sun begins to shine!
Now, though, we are facing challenges like never before.
Torbay Council stopped funding the pool several years ago, and it is now run by volunteers – supported by our new caretaker and brilliant lifeguard team. We all work extremely hard to find the money to keep the pool open and safe, and we have begun to think about increasingly adventurous ways to do that.
Our main worry is that a big storm could destroy the pool altogether – it is riven with cracks, having not been fully restored since it took a battering in winter weather in the 1970s, and whilst we are managing to keep the pool open for now the day to day maintenance and repairs are getting harder and harder.
These are very similar problems that have been faced by other pools like ours – Tinside Lido in Plymouth and Jubilee Pool in Penzance – and they have been successful in winning millions of pounds worth of grant money to preserve their sites for generations to come.
We want to follow in their footsteps and give our pool the attention it needs and deserves before it is beyond repair – but we need your help.
We are busy preparing a funding bid which, if successful, would not only pay for the full restoration that is needed but would also create sources of income to keep the pool running – and free to swim in – for many more years.
We’re looking at lots of ideas including creating a bigger and better cafe and restaurant, a children’s playground, indoor changing rooms, warm showers, watersports facilities (so we could offer scuba diving, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and more), a poolside cinema, hot tubs and saunas – and lots more.
You can find out more on the Shoalstone Revival page.
We need to be able to show the funders that local people of all ages support these ideas, and are enthusiastic about saving Shoalstone Pool for the community.
And if you have other ideas about how we could improve the facility for you and your family and friends then even better!
We are holding a special consultation evening at the pool on Wednesday 9th August between 6pm and 8pm. Come along to find out more and have your say.
If you can’t make it, make sure you add your voice to our consultation before the end of the summer. This is your pool – and with your help we can make it the best that it can be.
With the summer holidays now upon us, all we need now is some sunshine so that local and visiting families alike can make the most of our beautiful pool!
After the extremely busy period we had with last month’s heatwave, though, we do need to issue a reminder about the importance of parents and guardians supervising their children at the pool.
It is extremely important that children under eight years old are accompanied in the water by a responsible adult. Our lifeguards are on duty to ensure the safety of all pool users, but young children understandably require an increased amount of supervision and this is not something that they can provide without your assistance.
There have been a number of cases this year where very young children – non-swimmers – have been allowed to enter the pool alone whilst parents remained on the deck, often with their attention elsewhere. Even when children are wearing floatation devices this is extremely dangerous – in fact floatation devices can give a false sense of security to both parent and child, and should never be a substitute for close adult supervision.
Our new User Code of Conduct clearly states the need for parents to remain responsible for their children at all times, and for a responsible adult to accompany under eights in the water. Our lifeguard team have been asked to take this extremely seriously, and will be required to ask people to leave the site if they do not adhere to this rule.
We are all working extremely hard to make Shoalstone Pool a safe and fun environment for people of all ages, but we need you to help us to make sure this is possible.
Any queries about this rule should be emailed to the directors at email@example.com.
We’re in this. And one of the co-authors helps run Portishead Lido. We’re helping – can you?
As some of you know we’re thinking about how to keep the pool open, better and repaired into the future. To do this we need to raise income from improvements to the site. Change is always contentious for some and exciting for others. We already have responses to our ideas from neighbours, staff, volunteers, visitors and other towns people. But we want more!
This Sunday (9th July) at midday, will see another race in our efforts to use the pool in a variety of ways. This is an Open to All race of 60m. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd and a wristband for all entrants.
To help us we ask for a £2 donation as a race fee. Given the highly random nature of those who turn up for races, you’ll always stand a chance of winning.
On July 23rd we’ll have a July Sprints Cup (50m) for the under18s, to celebrate the start of the summer holidays.
And on August 12th we have a Summer Holidays Cup (25m), as part of our Fun Day, for the under 12s.
The final cup of the summer season is the September Medley (4 strokes – 25m each) on Sunday 3rd September.