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Goodwill shown for damaged sea pool

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

  • Damage to Penzance's Jubilee Pool.

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THE chairman of the Friends of Jubilee Pool says he has been overwhelmed by messages of support in response to the destruction wrought by last week's storms.

Although engineers from Cornwall Council – the owners of Penzance's famed Art Deco pool – have yet to carry out a full inspection, serious structural damage appears to have occurred at the far western end, caused by waves overtopping the pool.

A large hole has appeared in the floor of the terrace in the south west end and a retaining wall has been dislodged.

At one stage, the whole structure was filled with sea water up to within 2 feet of the top of the cubicles and around 100 paving slabs have also been dislodged.

Martin Nixon, chairman of the Friends, said: "We shall have to wait and see what the extent of the damage is but this has shown there is a massive amount of goodwill for the pool.

"Everyone has been so supportive and shown real affection for the pool. What we need now is for those people to join us as Friends so that we can demonstrate to Cornwall Council just how important the Jubilee Pool is to people."

Mr Nixon said that Cornwall Council had set aside funding for opening the pool, which is operated by Tempus Leisure, this summer but there were doubts about whether funding would be found for 2015.

He hopes a meeting with Cornwall Council and Tempus Leisure, due to take place early next month, will find a way to repair the pool and ensure it has a sustainable future.

He said: "We now have to look at the issue of how to ensure this loved building is saved for the longer term."

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