Major boost for Topsham's open-air swim pool

PUBLISHED: 06:30 08 October 2016

Topsham pool

Topsham pool

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Topsham Pool is celebrating scooping a grant of £20,000 to help pay for essential maintenance.

Awarded by Coastal Recycling’s community fund, it will help finance the replacement of underground pipes that feed the pool with a fresh supply of water.

The pool, now closed for 2016 following a successful summer of fundraising, has also benefited from £700 raised from a pop-up café event, £2,000 donated from Nello’s Longest Table and £1,225 from Topsham woman Victoria Omerod, who completed a sponsored swim. The pool has a £100,000 fundraising goal.

It is hoped the maintenance work will be completed in time for the pool’s annual New Year’s Day event.

The £20,000 grant is the second sum awarded to Topsham Pool in the past year. An award of £25,000 was presented in July to install solar thermal panels on the roof, allowing the facility to harness the sun’s rays to heat the pool.

The move will ‘significantly’ reduce utility bills needed to maintain the pool, and also contribute towards the community pool’s sustainable future.

Andrea Veale, Topsham Pool secretary, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to receive this second significant donation from Coastal Recycling.

“The pool is such an asset to Topsham, both as a social hub and a place to get active. This winter’s renovation work will secure the pool’s longevity so it continues to thrive.”

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