Donations help fund repair work at outdoor pool

Bourne Outdoor Pool drained ready for work to start on the pool floor. Bourne Outdoor Pool chairman Mandy Delaine Smith, left, and secretary Paula Biggadike. 'Photo: MSMP180413-002ow
Bourne Outdoor Pool drained ready for work to start on the pool floor. Bourne Outdoor Pool chairman Mandy Delaine Smith, left, and secretary Paula Biggadike. 'Photo: MSMP180413-002ow

Much-needed building work on a public outdoor swimming pool has begun after two sizeable donations.

Contractors started work to fix the bottom of Bourne Outdoor Pool on the Abbey Lawn, Bourne, yesterday (Thursday).

The work, which will cost about £35,000, has been made possible by two £15,000 donations by groups in the town. The rest will be paid by Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust, which runs the pool.

Half the money donated was given the BRM Day committee, raised at the BRM celebration day in October and the rest of the money has been gifted by the Len Pick Trust.

Chairman of the Bourne Outdoor Pool Preservation Trust Mandy Delaine-Smith said: “The support we have been given has been absolutely incredible.

“There is no way we could have done this work without the help of the BRM Day committee and the Len Pick Trust.

“We have been trying to raise funds to do this major work for a little while now. I am so glad we have been able to get started.”

The pool has been drained and the bottom will be planed to make it smooth.

Then problem areas of the screed flooring, where water has leaked through and algae has built up, will be replaced with a water-tight compound.

The pool must then be painted with a special protective paint.

The work is expected to be completed within three weeks.

BRM Day press officer Carol Corliss said: “We are delighted that we have been able to help the town in this way.

“That was always the idea behind the day.

“The swimming pool is a great asset to the town and we are very glad to be able to help.”

Mrs Corliss said the payment by the BRM Day committee is just an interim donation and more money raised by the sales of the BRM Day DVD will be given to the pool in the future.

The Len Pick Trust manager Adrian Smith said: “The Len Pick Trust is very pleased to support the outdoor pool which was a cause very close to Mr Pick’s heart.”

The investment in the bottom of the pool will reduce the amount of chemicals needed to keep the pool in good condition and reduce the time spent cleaning the facility.

Last year the pool’s operating costs were more than £42,000.

Mrs Delaine-Smith said the trust is hoping the work gets completed quickly in time for the planned opening on May 25.

The trust is not raising the prices at the pool this year but to cut costs is not going to post out season ticket applications.

Forms are now available to downloadable from the Bourne Outdoor Pool website.