Newsletter - March 2020
Shoalstone Pool Strategy
In November last year we published a draft strategy for the pool. If you haven’t yet seen it you can find a copy here. Following publication we’ve taken the strategy to consultation including presentations to the pool AGM, local Council, Chamber of Commerce, Brixham College and their Student Council meeting, YES and the Peninsula Community Partnership. We also ran an online survey to which many of you contributed.
We’re pleased to say that the feedback was amazing. There’s huge support for the direction we are taking and many constructive comments and ideas. We are indebted to those who contributed and are in the process of revising the strategy and building a set of plans to deliver it.
As a result of the feedback we can announce that we are fully committed to the dissolution of the Community Interest Company and the formation of a new organisation by which we can gain charitable status. This is critical to our plans for fundraising. Linked to this is our will to continue providing access to the pool for free with a donation advised.
We took on board many comments concerning charging but the majority of feedback indicated that the pool should remain open to any and all with no restrictions. A significant number of you expressed concern about the phrase “membership scheme” and we understand that it has sown some confusion. We’re going to have a long look at our wording as the intention was to recruit patrons to our cause rather than charge for the pool via a membership levy.
The name of the pool was raised by some and we were asked to consider a rebrand as a “lido”. However, we feel that the pool is known locally and nationally as a pool. We want to keep the phrase “seawater” in the name as this clearly distinguishes us from swimming pools and thus are pushing ahead as “Shoalstone Seawater Pool”.
Finally we’ve poured over all of your ideas as to how we can improve the pool’s infrastructure, raise the pools profile and raise more funds. Thank you so much for these, there is a lot to think about and a lot to do. As a result we’re reorganising the way we work as a team to allow us to manage these effectively. We recognise that we have gaps in our team that must be filled in order for our vision to be achieved. We are actively looking for those people including new volunteers to help with all aspects of pool development and management.
If you think you are one of them please get in touch.
Dates for your diary
We need you!
In order to drive forward our plans to safeguard and improve the pool we are looking for someone who has deep civil engineering or site operations experience from a strategic point of view. Are you the sort of person who could help us build a tactical and strategic plan for the pool and then help us deliver it? Maybe you know someone who has retired and would be willing to give us some time. Maybe you know a relevant business who are looking to do some good in the community?
Committee Matters Q1 2020
The pool committee meet monthly and even though the pool is closed we have a lot on our plate. We commissioned an expert to carry out a Health and Safety audit of our operations and are busy putting corrective measures in place.
We are looking at the signage around the pool site, and also on the way in to Brixham to make sure folks know where we are. You would be surprised how many visitors and Torbay residents alike don’t know the pool exists. This was highlighted in a survey we carried out at the pool last summer.
And on a related issue, we have been considering how we can improve the disabled access around the site. As a first step, with improved signage, hand rails and some widened paths we hope we can make visits for those with disabilities a lot easier. We hope to make significant improvements this year and are also making accessibility a cornerstone of our development plans moving forward.
Dave Barter has recently joined the committee and will be helping us enhance our website and drive forward our strategy.
Pool Infrastructure and Cleaning
If you’ve been down to Breakwater Beach recently you may have seen two bearded gentlemen swimming away in the freezing seas. These two fellows are Chris and Bear also known as the 365 Sea Swimmers. They are taking a dip in the sea every day, whatever the weather, for a year in aid of the pool and the Seal project. You can show your support here https://www.gofundme.com/f/365swim
Friends of the Shoalstone Pool
We’re always keen to hear from you on any matter concerning the pool be it fundraising ideas, offers for help or anything that we may not have thought of. Please feel free to get in touch via our email address firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Dave on 07799 414702.
Shoalstone Pool, Berry Head Road, Brixham,TQ5 9FT
We are always keen to hear your views and feedback. If you have something to tell us please do get in touch. New Volunteers are always welcome. We’re busy maintaining and improving the pool all year round.