Fears as Jubilee Pool in Penzance suffers 'serious structural damage'

Falmouth Packet: Fears as Jubilee Pool in Penzance suffers 'serious structural damage' Fears as Jubilee Pool in Penzance suffers 'serious structural damage'

The Friends of Jubilee Pool in Penzance says they have been overwhelmed by supportive messages after the iconic pool suffered 'serious structural damage' during recent storms.

The group said on Facebook that the damage at the far western end of the pool was caused by waves overtopping the pool.  Adding that numerous paving slabs have been dislodged and a hole has appeared exposing the interior of the structure.

The scaffolding was installed around thre years ago and was covered with wooden shuttering to prevent access to the cubicles- principally for health and safety reasons because of suspected subsidence. The wooden shuttering has been destroyed exposing the scaffold structure.

The group posted: "We can only hope that this damage isn't worsened by this weekend's storm force winds and inevitable overtopping. Only time will tell, but clearly this raises the serious issue of how to ensure this much loved building is saved for the longer term.

"The Friends of Jubilee Pool are due to have discussions in early March with the owners Cornwall Council and operators Tempus Leisure. But if you care about the pool please join our group and you can help us start to plan a secure and sustainable future for Jubilee Pool."

"In terms of 'what happens next', we still need to hold our breath to see if the pool suffers any further damage in the storms forecast for the end of this week. Once the cost for repairing the pool is known we can start to plan a way forward. We've suggested the idea of a group 'clean up' to Cornwall Council and will be in touch if this is required."

Among the messages left online was one from James Walker, saying: "The fighting spirit of Penzance will ensure it is returned to its former glory."

If you would like to join the Friends and help to secure the longer term future for the Jubilee Pool, visit www.jubileepool.co.uk/friends/.

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