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