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Pool will reopen – but not soon

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

The damaged Jubilee Pool – not ready for the 2014 summer season.

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PENZANCE'S storm-damaged Jubilee Pool will not be open this summer but owners Cornwall Council are committed to its future and the café will be open to welcome visitors this year.

Those were the main points coming out of a meeting on Friday that local ward councillor Cornelius Olivier described as "very encouraging".

"It was all very positive," he said. "Cornwall Council is definitely committed to the future of the pool – there is no question of closure – but it won't be a surprise that it will not be open again this summer.

"The assessors, who visited the site last week, are not yet prepared to commit themselves to a figure for the cost of repairs but it would take something extraordinary to come out of their findings to compromise the council's commitment.

"We were talking about the direction that the pool needs to take, not whether it will open again, and the clear-up work should start very soon so the café can reopen for summer."

The meeting was attended by Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council's Cabinet member for partnership, and Jeremy Rowe, the Cabinet member for localism and devolution, as well as Cornwall councillors Tim Dwelly, Cornelius Olivier and Mario Fonk, council officers and representatives from the Friends of Jubilee Pool.

And Councillor Olivier praised the contribution of the friends group. "They were very amenable and, with their enthusiasm and imagination, have clearly got a lot to offer in terms of creative ideas in getting to use the pool in different ways," he added.

Martin Nixon, chairman of the friends, said it had been a "very encouraging meeting".

"The big question is where the money is coming from but currently we believe the funds may be available to cover the repairs without having to look to raise funds ourselves."

Also agreed at last Friday's meeting was the formation of a steering group which will include friends of the pool, local councillors and council officers.

The body will look at ways of maximising the future use of the pool.

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