The Parish Council met on Tuesday 4th August to consider re-opening the amenity pool and came to the decision that we are unable to open the pool for the following reasons.
We had consulted our Risk Assessment professional advisors, Link Into Leisure, (who we use for our insurances purposes), and their strong advice was not to open the pool at all this season. Maldon District Council Environmental Health Department have confirmed that they regard this as the right decision.
We did spend time looking at ways to safely re-open (e.g. by employing staff) but this was not viable – we had not got sufficient unallocated funds in this year’s budget to provide the COVID secure facility we would need.
Given the above the Parish Council voted 8-1 to keep the pool closed for the rest of the season, and over the next few months to explore ways of reopening in spring 2021. We can then budget for what will be needed in 2021.
Of course any future re-opening will remain subject to Government guidance at the time.