Por­tishead pool de­lays re­open­ing

Western Daily Press - - News -

BOSSES of a pop­u­lar open air pool in North Som­er­set have an­nounced it will not re­open this year.

Dur­ing hot weather, Por­tishead pool, pic­tured above, is packed with swim­mers cool­ing down while also en­joy­ing the stun­ning sea views.

But this year trustees say they have made the “dif­fi­cult” de­ci­sion not to open due to new so­cial dis­tanc­ing mea­sures.

Un­der the cur­rent rules, they say re­open­ing would not be fi­nan­cially vi­able and could put the pool’s fu­ture at risk. It is hoped swim­mers will be able to re­turn in April 2021.

Chair­man of the venue Jon Barr said: “Hav­ing ex­am­ined the guid­ance from Swim Eng­land and the Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety we saw that all we would be able to pro­vide, when al­lowed to re­open, would be a highly reg­u­lated lane swim­ming ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We are a com­mu­nity pool and we value the di­ver­sity of our pool users. At present, we can­not of­fer that safe, fi­nan­cially vi­able and in­clu­sive op­por­tu­nity to the res­i­dents of Por­tishead and vis­i­tors to our town.

“When we can, the trustees will be ready to plan re­open­ing.”

It is an­tic­i­pated swim­ming pools across Eng­land will be given the green light to re­open soon from Gov­ern­ment but no firm date has been given.

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