Drone use at Shoalstone Pool

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 info@shoalstonepool.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.

We are now a Community Interest Company!

Since its inception in 2014, Shoalstone Pool Limited has always operated in the interests of the Brixham community. However as a limited company there have been some people who have been sceptical of our aims, and we have also found it difficult to apply for certain sources of funding.

We are therefore very proud to announce that we have made a successful application to become a Community Interest Company, officially recognising our status as a social enterprise using our profits and assets for the public good.

Our aims have not changed: our activities will continue to benefit the community of residents of, and visitors to, Brixham who use Shoalstone Seawater Pool and its immediate environs.

Specifically, we aim to:

  • Manage all the operations of Shoalstone Pool in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Raise money and provide volunteers to contribute towards maintenance, repairs and other activities, where necessary.
  • Help to update facilities when needed, for example by buying new equipment to further that goal.
  • Promote and protect Shoalstone Pool’s heritage and use as a civic amenity.
  • Promote its use for aquatic sports and the part this plays in people’s health and well being, both in Brixham and among the wider public.
  • Promote and provide educational opportunities for lifeguarding, swimming and other associated activities.

Any profit we make will continue to be used for maintaining the pool and furthering the activities of the CIC.

We are excited by the opportunities this successful application will open up, and look forward to continuing to take the pool from strength to strength.

Thank you for your continued support!

Code of conduct

As custodians of the Shoalstone Pool site, the directors of Shoalstone Pool Limited have a huge responsibility to make sure that everyone who uses the facility is safe and can enjoy their time with us.

Most people are very respectful of the site and the time and energy volunteers put in to keep it running, but there are unfortunately a minority who make our job, and that of our paid staff, very difficult.

With this in mind, we have put together a code of conduct for users of the pool site. This is in addition to the pool rules, and has been drawn up with everybody’s wellbeing in mind.

We hope you understand why these things are so important, and will cooperate with our lifeguard team and the pool caretaker when you visit our wonderful pool. Our focus os always on keeping the pool open, safe and accessible for local people and visitors to Brixham – but we need your help to be able to do that.

We have a code of conduct for staff and volunteers too, which can be found here along with some other key policies.

If you have any questions about this or any other aspects of our operations please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Pool Cleans

One of the wonderful things about Shoalstone Pool is that its water is refreshed by the tide on a regular basis. As regular Shoalstone swimmers will know, there is no keeping the sea out during the twice-monthly spring tides – it laps over the walls, the excess draining out as the tide falls.

This is not enough on its own to keep the pool clean, though.

Every ten days or so during the season we have to drain the pool completely, with our team of volunteers (led by Charlie the caretaker) scrubbing the floor and walls to remove the algae that builds up. We use a minimal amount of chlorine during this process, and this season we are experimenting with some environmentally friendly options which hopefully will cut out the need for that altogether.

These pool cleans are important not just to make sure the water is pleasant and safe to swim in, but also to make sure the water clarity is good enough for the lifeguards to be able to do their jobs! Algae can build up quickly during hot weather giving the water a greenish hue. Whilst this is not dangerous to health, it does make it very difficult for the lifeguards to see what is going on in the water.

There are, given the exposed nature of our site, a number of restrictions on when we are able to carry out pool cleans. We need the high tide to be at least 4.7m in order to guarantee that it will refill the pool, and the timings of the tides ideally need to fall within daylight hours! We also try to avoid weekends when the pool is at its busiest. The weather conditions are also a consideration, but these are a little harder to predict…

With this in mind, we have put together a planned schedule of pool cleans for 2017 which we are going to do our very best to stick to. These are included on our events calendar, but for ease of reference the dates on which we are planning to close the pool are as follows:

Thursday 8th June

Monday 12th June

Thursday 22nd June

Wednesday 28th June

Tuesday 11th July

Monday 24th July

Tuesday 8th August

Monday 21st August

In between these planned dates there will be a number of overnight ‘flushes’ when the pool will be fully emptied and refilled. Whilst we hope to open during our normal hours of 10am to 6pm on those days access might be restricted out of hours whilst the valve is open – please abide by the red flag and any other warnings and do not enter the pool at these times.

There may also be times when we have to close the pool for cleaning unexpectedly, either due to bad weather conditions bringing in seaweed and other debris, good weather increasing the amount of algal bloom, or human factors which have previously led to closures due to dog waste bags or glass being thrown in the pool, for example. We are very aware that last minute closures can cause major disappointment, particularly if the weather is good, but we hope you understand that we never take the decision to close the pool unless it is entirely necessary.

If you have any questions about the pool cleaning process, or you would like to join our team of volunteers working to keep the pool at its best, then please get in touch!

Parish Meeting

**UPDATE: this meeting will now be held in the Scala Hall**

We will be presenting our ideas again for possible development work at the pool at the Brixham Town Council Annual Parish Meeting.
7pm, Thursday 25th May, Function Room, Brixham Town Hall.

If you were unable to make the meeting on 9th May then please come along. And please spread the word – especially to people who might not have regular internet access.

Thank you!

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!

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

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!

thanks

Thank you to The Oldenburg pub, on Winner Street in Paignton, for asking for one of our collection pots for their bar. The landlady, Tanya, has lots of memories of using Shoalstone Pool and wanted to give back.

If you’ve a bit of space on your show or bar counter, let us know and we’ll bring a collection pot round.