Pool future secured

PUBLISHED: 11:51 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

Roger Whitfield and Cllr Carl Francis-Pester

Roger Whitfield and Cllr Carl Francis-Pester

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ALMOST a year after saving Portishead s open air swimming pool from closure, trustees have secured a 99-year lease for the seafront attraction.

ALMOST a year after saving Portishead's open air swimming pool from closure, trustees have secured a 99-year lease for the seafront attraction.

Portishead Open Air Pool Community Trust took over the management of the popular lido from North Somerset Council in March 2009 on a temporary one-year agreement.

The council set out a list of requirements including long-term funding and operational plans, before they would grant the long term lease.

Trustee Roger Whitfield confirmed that after months of detailed negotiations an agreement had been reached and the new lease agreed.

He said: "This is exciting news for the pool.

"A long lease will open up so many more funding avenues, we can now apply for grants from organisations like the Lottery and Sport Council.

"Last season saw over 31,000 visitors to this pool and we hope that this coming season will see and increase in those numbers, key to the expansion in usage of this pool has been keeping the water nice and warm, so we are currently looking into solar heating which we hope to have an announcement on soon."

Volunteers have been carrying out improvements and maintenance at the pool throughout the winter months.

The pool opens again on April 30, a month earlier than usual.

Volunteers play an important part of running and maintaining the pool - find out more by visiting www.portisheadopenairpool.org.uk

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