A DATE for a public meeting to discuss the way forward in getting a full-size swimming pool for Falmouth has been set following the threat of closure of Ships and Castles.

The event at The Atherton Suite, Falmouth Town Council offices on Saturday, October 16 has been organised by Jude Robinson from the Falmouth Needs A Public Swimming Pool action group. It starts at 10.30am and is expected to last an hour and a half.

Cornwall Council has launched a public consultation on what to do with the threatened centres which also include centres in Saltash, Launceston, Wadebridge as well as Ships and Castles on Pendennis Headland in Falmouth, along with the hydrotherapy pool at the centre in St Austell.

Not for profit company GLL, which runs Ships and Castles as part of its Cornwall Council contract for sites across the county, has said it can no longer afford to run the centre which was built in 1993 as a fun pool aimed at tourists rather than a proper pool which was wanted by local people.

GLL says it is projected to lose £100,000 a year at Ship and Castles with numbers returning to the centre at only 70% of what they were pre-pandemic.

James Curry, head of service for GLL in the South West and Wales, told a virtual Q&A session with Cornwall Council last week that the problem had been exacerbated by the lack of a proper pool.

The meeting was told that the option of creating a full size pool at Ships and Castles was possible while a brand new pool at a different site would cost around £10m.

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Falmouth Needs A Public Swimming, who can be found on Facebook, is looking at different options for getting a 25m pool either built in the town or to replace the fun pool inside Ships and Castles.

The Cornwall Council consultation document can be found at letstalk.cornwall.gov.uk/leisure