We’ll swim again. However, unfortunately not in Greenbank Pool this summer.
Although the Prime Minster announced that outdoor pools can reopen from 29th March, the main problem for Greenbank Pool is that after no income last summer it is simply too expensive to operate with social distancing and restricted numbers.
Instead, this summer we will carry on maintaining and upgrading some of the pool’s infrastructure so it is ready for opening early in 2022. We will be looking too at how we use the pool grounds to bring in more income so that the pool has a sustainable future. We are already investigating fitness classes in the pool grounds.
Many of you will know that Greenbank Pool is over 80 years old and some of its plant room kit needs updating. The new boilers are in and are ready to go but our heat exchangers and some of the pipework is no longer fit for purpose. We hope to raise money to aid us replacing this equipment by running a crowdfunding campaign later in the Spring.
Another upgrade we hope to make in the next few years is an improved play area for our younger patrons. The surface that our swings sit on has been deemed unsafe so it would be wonderful if we could move these and add additional playground features for our toddler patrons to enjoy.
Some of you will be aware that we have been working closely with the local Parish Council to find sustainable ways to aid the pool’s recovery. Over the next few newsletters, we will share plans and ideas that are emerging from this group.
In the meantime, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed lovely photos and memories to our Facebook page. The comments have been so supportive and kind.
Our next newsletter will have details of the new website link and when it will launch plus our crowdfunding campaign. Till then stay safe and enjoy the spring sunshine.
The Greenbank Team