A community group campaigning to save an outdoor pool is pushing on with plans to save the derelict site.
Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool took to its Facebook page this week in a plea with residents in North Tyneside and beyond to keep supporting its bid to bring the open-air pool back to life.
The group was formed with the aim of keeping the pool site as an outdoor swimming facility following objections to a planning application last year by the council to concrete over it.
The group presented North Tyneside Council with an alternative to regenerate the site as a heated outdoor swimming pool with other developments.
But the plans come at a cost and the group must raise around £5.5m to help realise their ambitions.
This week the group wrote a lengthy post, which has been shared more than 300 times, on its Facebook page to update supporters.
The group said: “We hope by now you’ve realised that this ambitious project won’t happen overnight, and that you’ve stopped wondering why a small group of volunteers haven’t been able to get this pool up and running for the 2014 summer season.”
After giving a recap of progress the group has made, it stated it was currently focusing on producing a full Planning Application for the site, together with an extensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), necessary to support the planning application.
The message added that the group had lost out on Development Funding from Heritage Lottery at the start of this year which would have directly funded the EIA and the development of a full design proposal for submission to planning in support of the group’s working business proposal for the site to include a heated pool, a gym, a destination restaurant and a multi use community space.
It stated: “What it means is that our aim remains the same as it always has. We continue to push ahead progressing a detailed planning application and EIA, while at the same time pursuing funding and investment opportunities from a wide range of sources. Your generous donations and continued support and encouragement have been fantastic. It confirms that we all agree the proposal for a heated outdoor pool can work as a business model. We agree that the pool can be built. And we agree that it would be a major tourist draw for the region.
“What the project needs is your continued support, until it eventually captures the funding and investment to become a reality. It has certainly already captured the public imagination and because of that it continues to gain momentum day by day.”