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    Really nice looking place and some atmospheric photos. A shame it hasn't been kept open as it looks like a great place. Could it be because the british summer has 0.3 sunny days?
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    This weekend 8th/9th September 2007 includes the Heritage Open Days and the site of Broomhill Pool is open to the public 11am - 5pm both days;

    There is a website www.savebroomhillpool.org and a film called The Pool by James Sharpe available on You Tube and also on the London Pools Campaign website www.londonpoolscampaign.com

    I've spent the last five years campaigning to try and get Broomhill Pool re-opened again and set up a Yahoo Group called Pooling Resources
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poolingresources

    There is also Oliver Merrington's Yahoo Lidos Group if you're interested in lidos generally. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lidos

    There is no need for Broomhill really to remain derelict: it requires an estimated 3.9million to be re-opened as a heated outdoor 50metre pool; Ipswich Borough Council promised 1 million IF the organisation known as the Broomhill Pool Trust could raise the rest. (Heritage Lottery Fund etc)
    This is not such a huge sum when you consider that something like 800 million investment is flowing through the Waterfront area of Ipswich.

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    Loads of interesting info there sal.
    Cheers for that :)
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    Good stuff, real shame about the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sal View Post
    This weekend 8th/9th September 2007 includes the Heritage Open Days and the site of Broomhill Pool is open to the public 11am - 5pm both days;

    There is a website www.savebroomhillpool.org and a film called The Pool by James Sharpe available on You Tube and also on the London Pools Campaign website www.londonpoolscampaign.com

    I've spent the last five years campaigning to try and get Broomhill Pool re-opened again and set up a Yahoo Group called Pooling Resources
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poolingresources

    There is also Oliver Merrington's Yahoo Lidos Group if you're interested in lidos generally. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lidos

    There is no need for Broomhill really to remain derelict: it requires an estimated 3.9million to be re-opened as a heated outdoor 50metre pool; Ipswich Borough Council promised 1 million IF the organisation known as the Broomhill Pool Trust could raise the rest. (Heritage Lottery Fund etc)
    This is not such a huge sum when you consider that something like 800 million investment is flowing through the Waterfront area of Ipswich.
    I understand what you are saying, but personally I think it would be a waste of money, as the reason it closed was because of lack of use! Surely it's time to let it go?
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    It would seem that the Council wanted to close the pool and therefore instituted measures that would lead to less usage: making the lido more expensive than Crown Pools, not allowing a season ticket, closing the pool earlier and earlier; failing to promote or advertise the pool much etc

    Speedy demolition of the pool was prevented by the Twentieth Century Society who were successful in getting the lido "spot-listed" as a Grade II listed building in 2001. Despite this Ipswich Borough Council informed the Dept of Culture, Media and Sport that the pool was closed: Broomhill Pool appears on a list of closed listed swimming pools dated 15th January 2002.

    But, people were still swimming there during the summer of 2002 unaware that this statement had been made: the first public announcement in the press was not until Feb 2003 when Paul Geater made headline news with his "Broomhill is Doomhill" article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sal View Post
    It would seem that the Council wanted to close the pool and therefore instituted measures that would lead to less usage: making the lido more expensive than Crown Pools, not allowing a season ticket, closing the pool earlier and earlier; failing to promote or advertise the pool much etc
    Nasty tactics there, its all about penny pinching with councils
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    Interesting place and nice pics. Think all the lido's near me have had housing built on them long ago :(

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    A few years ago when visiting my great aunt & uncle, I passed by a lido near Merthyr Tydfil, which only had a concrete pavilion in a very sorry state.

    My Dad reckoned that it looked almost as bad 30 years before.

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