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 – 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.