Broomhill Pool open weekend

CAMPAIGNERS hoping to reopen Ipswich's Broomhill swimming pool are today preparing for a busy few days.Tomorrow and Sunday the buildings at the pool, which has been closed to the public since 2002, can be visited as part of the Heritage Open Days programme across the country.

CAMPAIGNERS hoping to reopen Ipswich's Broomhill swimming pool are today preparing for a busy few days.

Tomorrow and Sunday the buildings at the pool, which has been closed to the public since 2002, can be visited as part of the Heritage Open Days programme across the country.

Members of the Broomhill Pool Trust, which is hoping to re-open the 1938-built lido, will be mounting an exhibition outlining their plans and there will be a chance to see a film about the pool made by Ipswich-born director James Sharpe.

For health and safety reasons only part of the site will be open, and it will not be possible to swim.

On Monday the struggle to re-open the pool is to be featured on the BBC1 programme Inside Out.

At present the project is the subject of a £67,000 feasibility study which should establish whether it is realistic to aim to reopen the pool which is grade two listed.

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It was closed after the 2002 season because of problems with the pool and the state of the outbuildings.

The pool is still owned by the borough, but the council has agreed to hand it over to the Broomhill Pool Trust with a dowry of up to £1 million if the trust can raise the rest of the money needed to restore it and bring it back into use.

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