Brixham outdoor pool given spring clean by fire service

(Last Updated On: May 19, 2014)

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Brixhams outdoor seawater swimming pool is an art deco icon and only one of a few left in this country.

The pool is maintained by a committed team of volunteers known as: “The Friends of Shoalstone”, who raise funds and carry out the maintenance work.

Fearing that the pool had been facing closure, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, White Crew Manager, Mark Rollings from Brixham decided to take action: “Due to the current financial climate Torbay council has cut the funding for the pool and last summer it was only open for a very short season.

“I felt it would be a good idea to see if the crew would be interested in volunteering to help clean and paint the pool ready for the summer season.  The positive response from the crew was overwhelming, so I approached the Friends of Shoalstone pool and to say they bit my hand off would be an understatement!

“Over the winter months the pool collects sand and debris from the winter storms so in April we spend a day cleaning it, followed by four days in May repainting the pool and surrounding areas.

“This has been a great opportunity to help the voluntary group refurbish the pool and keep this valuable asset open.  It has also been a great way for us to engage with the Brixham community as this is a popular pool enjoyed by thousands of people, locals and visitors every year and is an integral part of our leisure facilities.”

“The Friends of Shoalstone” are instrumental in ensuring that the pool remains open to the public. Without their efforts to repair the winter damage every spring, it is unlikely that it would remain open and free for all.

Mark concluded by saying: “The pool reopens next Bank Holiday, Saturday, 24 May and is free to use as well as being a great place to visit if you’re in the area.


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