Pool to open early

PUBLISHED: 13:03 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

PORTISHEAD Open Air Pool Community Trust has announced plans to open the town's seafront lido a month early this year.

PORTISHEAD Open Air Pool Community Trust has announced plans to open the town's seafront lido a month early this year.

Dedicated volunteers have been working hard at the pool since it closed for the winter months and are optimistic that its long list of improvements will be complete in time for opening on April 30.

Andy Thatcher, a member of the pool management team, said: "It has always been tradition to open the pool at Whitsun time, at the end of May, but members of the trust feel this is a missed opportunity.

"We often have good temperatures throughout May and with the water now being warmer, we decided to bring the opening date forward a few weeks."

Management of the outdoor facility was handed over to the community trust last year and the amenity was transformed after being the subject of a television makeover programme.

The number of paying visitors to the pool in 2009 was almost treble of that in the previous year, generating more than £85,000 in ticket and membership sales.

Volunteers and local businesses have continued to give their time freely to help with work at the pool and members of the probation service's Community Payback scheme have also been on site carrying out tasks to improve the facility.

The work in progress includes upgrading the dated changing rooms, adding new disabled facilities and general maintenance and repairs.

A new entrance canopy and cash desk area are also on the cards and plans are underway to make the children's paddling pool more appealing, to include a shaded area.

The trust still needs more volunteers to help, especially tradesmen and women with electrical, plastering and carpentry skills.

The Portishead Pool Community Trust is also now inviting applications for the

post of pool manager from mid-April 2010 until the end of September 2010.

To volunteer or to find out more about the pool manager post visit www.portisheadopenairpool.org.uk.

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