Have your say over future of Broomhill

SHOPPERS in Ipswich will be able to have their say on the future of Broomhill Pool at a special exhibition at the Tower Ramparts shopping centre on Saturday.

SHOPPERS in Ipswich will be able to have their say on the future of Broomhill Pool at a special exhibition at the Tower Ramparts shopping centre on Saturday.

The exhibition will show what has been happening over the last few months as a feasibility study has been looking at the future of the pool, Suffolk's last traditional lido.

The study, which has cost £67,000 and has been largely funded by owner Ipswich Council, is expected to draw up a number of options for the restoration of the pool - and to give an estimate of the likely cost of the work.

But before anything is settled the Broomhill Pool Trust, which would take it over and carry out the work, wants to hear what potential users would want.


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Among the options being considered is using renewable energy - possibly solar power - to heat the water and looking at alternative ways to fund the restoration.

The borough council has offered the Trust a £1 million dowry to go towards the restoration of the pool - if it can raise the rest of the money needed from other sources.

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Estimates of the amount needed to restore the pool to its original 1937 condition range from less than £3 million to approaching £7 million. It is hoped that the feasibility study will come up with a conclusive figure to establish whether restoration is a realistic hope.

The pool, which is a Grade Two listed building, was last used for swimming in 2002 although some of its buildings have opened their doors at Heritage Open Days over the last two years.

People can visit the exhibition throughout the shopping centre's opening hours on Saturday.

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