Threatened pool will open again next year

DRASTIC measures put in place at Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool this summer have ensured the facility will open again next year.

The pool in Abbey Lawns is now closed for winter, with trustees thanking the public for their “patience and understanding over a very difficult season”.

Mandy Delaine-Smith, chairman of the trust that runs the pool, said opening later than usual hadn’t helped.

She said: “We opened at the beginning of June instead of late May because the schools changed their holiday to coincide with the Queen’s jubilee, but it meant we missed the only hot week at the start of the season.”

Weeks of rain followed and the pool responded to poor visitor figures by reducing opening hours. The pool needs to take £400 a day to break even. This covers wages for lifeguards, gas, electricity and chemicals.

As well as reducing opening hours, the trust turned down the pool water temperature by half a degree, saving £3,000 across the season.

Mrs Delaine-Smith said: “We had to take drastic measures. It was unfortunate, but reduced hours were better than no pool at all. Certainly we haven’t made the huge losses we would have done.

“We would like to thank our supporters for their patience and understanding.

“We can only say we are sorry to those who were disappointed, but at least we will have a pool next year.”

The trust is now pinning hopes on the success of the 2012 BRM Celebration Day in Bourne on Sunday, October 7, to help them raise vital funds to repair the bottom of the pool.

During the day, retired British racing driver Damon Hill will climb into his equally famous father Graham’s car for a run through the route set out in the town.

Mrs Delaine-Smith said: “We are one of the charities to benefit from the day.”