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Campaign under way to save Milborne Port Community Swimming Pool

By Dadcock  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

By Dee Adcock

  • Heading for better days - Milborne Port Community Swimming Pool

  • Youngsters get stuck in to hard work to repair the pool

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Villagers are diving in to a major fundraising project to repair their swimming pool.

Milborne Port Community Swimming Pool needs around £40,000 spent on it to get it open for use this summer and to have a roof over it by the winter.

But the team behind the project have only £18,000 in the kitty and are calling on people to help in any way they can to raise money or donate materials and their time.

The pool at Milborne Port Primary School is used by the pupils and is also hired out to the community.

It underwent a renovation three years ago but problems with the liner and with a polytunnel cover that was wrecked in last winter’s storms means work is needed before it can be used.

The next big event is an auction of promises being held at Milborne Port Sports and Social Club at 7pm on Saturday, 17th May.

Roz Barrett, treasurer of the school PTFA, said the search for grants and income was under way.

She said: “We need a lot of money and we need to get on and get the repairs done quickly so that the children and everyone can use the pool this summer.

“We can use it as an open air pool in the summer if we have to but we must get the roof sorted out for the winter.

“The polytunnel cover was completely blown away in the storms - it’s awful but we’re not giving up.”

Mrs Barrett added: “We have raised more than £7,000 from hiring the pool out since its reopening in 2012.

“We do an annual auction of promises and we’ve had grants and donations - we’re grateful to everyone who has helped with money offers of work.

“We need all the help we can get.”

The pool opened in 1981 and the polytunnel was added in 1994.

Every child attending the school uses the pool, which is operated by volunteers from the school and wider community.

Repair work involves removing the failed liner and retiling the pool.

Specialist company Laticrete UK is donating some if the essential materials but tiles are still needed. A summer cover, sand filter, heater, hand rails and other items are also needed for a summer opening.

Anyone who can help with the project or the auction of promises should contact Mrs Barrett on 07968 257678.

Dee Adcock

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