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Shoalstone Revival – 1st meeting notes

Notes of first public consultation – 9th May 2017, Brixham Town Hall

35 people in attendance

 

Purpose of meeting

  • Share initial ideas for development of pool space and environs
  • Glean feedback from participants – other ideas, concerns, likes
  • Provide space to clarify ideas and their purpose
  • Share information on way forward

 

Introduction

Idea for developing site came from meetings of Directors. Financial context is sound for day to day running, but more uncertain if pool needs major structural work (either because of long term repair needs or as a consequence of storm damage). So we need to develop sustainable income streams. And we need to develop the pool area to meet developing sports, wellness and accessibility issues of locals and visitors.

Commissioned architects (Kay Elliot) to do initial concept drawings based on ideas from directors. Key themes are – indoor changing and hot showers; creation of indoor space for well being activities (eg yoga, pilates etc); creation of outdoor activity hire space and access to sea (eg kayaks, SUPS); extend beach hut hire (more huts, overnight possibilities); remodel pool for long term benefits; reinstate water pump and filtration system.

 

Concept drawing

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Feedback

General

  • Welcome for the very ambitious plans to keep this facility going
  • Clearly a lot of care needs to be taken to ensure any development does not adversely affect the special environment of the rocks area
  • Potential noise levels
  • Privacy issues
  • Anti-social behavior
  • Extra traffic
  • Health and safety
  • Impact on property prices
  • Signage
  • Impact of tides
  • Can you vary the lease on Shoals café if extended?
  • Need to comply with planning and covenants on land

 

Specific users

  • We enjoy the informal access all year round for dog walks on the coastline – need this to continue
  • Motor boats dangerous for swimmers

 

Environment

  • Clearly a lot of care needs to be taken to ensure any development does not adversely affect the special environment of the rocks area

 

Facilities

Like –

  • outdoor showers, changing village,
  • natural play area, learning and sport opportunities

 

Not so sure –

  • car parking, adequacy of parking,
  • number of overnight beach huts, size of beach huts, beach huts blocking views from car park, building levels
  • need to consider access for kayak, SUP hire – not good over rocks and access to Lady Beach not great
  • size of play area shouldn’t be too big

 

Like to see –

  • hoist for pool access, changing rooms for wheelchair bound adults with hoist, accessible, toilet
  • cameras in car park to ensure payment, recommission overflow car park, consider other uses (eg dive shack office, climbing wall)
  • seasonal day/week rentable huts
  • In the children’s play area incorporate a heritage experience that educates the children while they are having fun, education uses, space for teenagers
  • Ideas for re-use of existing shelters
  • Reinstate pump room, heated pool
  • Pontoon into sea

 

Shoalstone Revival

Thank you to everyone who came to our public meeting to begin the consultation process for the Shoalstone Revival project. It was fantastic to see so many interested people there, with lots of enthusiasm for the future and some great ideas about how we can move things forwards.

For those of you who weren’t able to attend, please find below some more details about the project so far:

Shoalstone Revival project proposal Nov 16

Public meeting presentation 9th May 2017

Masterplan v1 Kay Elliott

Whilst we have been working on the vision for a while, we are still at the beginning of a very long process. Before we can apply for funding we need to have a clear idea about what developments we would like to make at the site and how these will provide security for the pool’s future.

As we progress we are keen to communicate fully with the local community – both keeping you in the loop about our thinking, and taking on board your feedback about how we can make it better. We are in the process of collating the ideas that came out of this initial meeting, and will publish those shortly.

In the mean time please do get in touch if you have any thoughts or ideas you would like to share – you can email us on info@shoalstonepool.com.

In particular if you feel you have the skills and experience to help us move this project forwards then we would love to hear from you – we are always looking for more volunteers to assist us with the mammoth task of making our local lido the very best that it can be.

Planning for the future

Since Torbay Council withdraw all of our funding, Shoalstone Pool Limited has been working hard to protect the pool and its surrounds and secure its status as a vibrant community hub for generations to come.

As part of these efforts we are currently working with Kay Elliott Architects to create a vision for the future of the site which will aim to improve the experience of pool users, reduce ongoing maintenance costs, and provide a range of revenue streams to support the operation of the pool into the future – whilst keeping the pool itself free to use for locals and visitors alike.

We are currently in the very early stages of this work, and would like to invite all pool users and supporters to a meeting on Tuesday 9th May at 7pm in the function room at Brixham Town Hall.

We will be sharing information about our vision for the future, and asking you to help us develop it further.

Hope to see you there!

Thanks

from our friends at the Friends of Shoalstone Pool

We would like to say a big thank you to Jacqui Caunter, Jo Dyer, Vikki Edwards and Wendy Lanyon – “The Riviera Walkers”. All four walked from Lands End to Brixham to raise money towards the Man and Boy Statue which is now situated down at the harbour.  From the large amount they raised they also wanted to give something to the Friends of Shoalstone and last Sunday down at the pool they presented us with a cheque for £2,000.00. This has boosted our funds tremendously and we wanted to say how much we appreciate them supporting us.  All money received will go towards getting the pool ready for the forthcoming season and any projects on going down at the pool. Thank you girls.

Volunteers May 2,3,4

Plans changed from last Post, due to great effort by volunteers and favorable weather.
Nothing happening Tuesday 2nd May.

Wednesday 3rd May. Power washing the bottom of the Pool in the morning and painting railings.

3pm to 4pm help drying the Pool.

4pm onwards need volunteers to paint the deep end.

Thursday 4th. Any one interested in cutting back the grass from all the paths on green above.

Cheers charlie

Friday 21, Sat 22, Sun 23 April

***Volunteers please***
Today Jeremy, Nick and Charlie spent a few hours cleaning and getting the pool ready for painting this weekend. We need more than just the one lovely person who’s signed up already to help. So, if you have time, and fancy some alternative outdoor activity (and you can still dip in the sea and eat at Shoals!), please head down to the pool this Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 9am and 1pm, and ask for Charlie. The earlier the better 😉
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Our new caretaker

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Not just new, but our first caretaker. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of local volunteers, FoSP and Brixham Town Council we are employing a paid part-time caretaker. After interviewing a few applicants the job went to one of our existing volunteers, Charlie Gorton. Well done Charlie.

As well as looking after the pool and its surrounds, Charlie will be working with volunteer cleaners, maintenance, painters and others throughout the year.

Mayflower Dinner

From the Friends of Shoalstone Pool –

Dear Friends
Our fund raising dinner at the Berry Head was another great success and we raised the grand total of £500.70.  The Berry Head Hotel did us proud and the meal was hot and plenty of it. They provided three big screens for the showing of the BBC film of the building of the Mayflower at Uphams Yard, so no one missed a chance to see what skills men had in the 1950’s.  No hard hats in those days.  A truly wonderful film to watch  starting from the oak tree being cut down to the final launching of her.  Proper apprenticeships were served there for young men like John Wilson, Gilbert Dalley, Edward Dalley and Francine Rogers’ brother to name just a few. Wendy and Sally the daughters of Stuart Upham who owned the yard were invited and Wendy gave a short talk after the film.  Although only a handful of the 177 members bought tickets 74 people sat down for the meal so thank you to those who again supported us. We mustn’t forget Alan Griffiths “cosmo” who offered to entertain us with some magic whilst having our meal.  So thank you Alan.
Another date for your diary is Sat. 3rd June when we are having a coffee morning at the Methodist Community Hall in Fore Street.  If you are in town please pop in for tea or coffee.  Thank you.
Happy Easter to you all.

Volunteers needed!

With the days finally starting to become a bit brighter and the warmth of Spring in the air we are beginning the count down to the summer season here at Shoalstone Pool.

Every year it takes a huge amount of work to get the pool looking its best after the battering it takes from winter storms, and this year is no exception!

One of the biggest jobs that needs to be done is giving the entire site a fresh coat of paint – from the changing rooms to the railings to inside the pool itself. Our fantastic volunteer maintenance team are busy coordinating the programme of works, but we need as many hands on deck as possible to get everything done before we open on Saturday 27th May.

The current windows they are working around are as follows:

Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th March

Sunday 2nd to Saturday 8th April

Sunday 16th to Sunday 23rd April

Tuesday 2nd to Monday 8th May

If you are able to help for any of that time, even just for a few hours, then please get in touch with Charlie on 07966172679 or charlesggorton@gmail.com.

There are also two big cleans planned on Saturday 8th April (8am start) and Tuesday 2nd May (2pm start). Again if you are able to help out with either of those please let Charlie know!