It’s your pool – come and have your say!

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.

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┬áthat 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.