A special message from the Cleveland Pools Trustees - 21 March 2018


The trustees of the Cleveland Pools are a determined lot.  After hearing of the rejection by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) of their application for funding to restore the pools, (in December 2017), trustees met with officers of the HLF to find out the reasons for rejection.  The meeting, held on 11th January, was encouraging, with the Heritage Lottery Fund confirming that they consider the approved plans set out a really strong foundation for the future of the Pools. This has given the Cleveland Pools Trust cause for optimism as it continues with its efforts to revive the historic pools for outdoor swimming and recreation for the people of Bath and beyond.

However the HLF felt that there were a number of outstanding issues which needed managing before the scheme could be funded.  Since the New Year the trustees have been working hard to address these issues.  Councillors and senior officers of Bath and North East Somerset have committed support and work by Curo to repair the retaining stone wall on the site is about to start. 

On Thursday 15 March the Trust submitted another application to the HLF.  This application is the first round, and will enable the Trust to prepare and submit a second round application which, if successful, will release funds to carry out the restoration of the pools.  If successful with the new submission the programme is as follows:

 Achieve HLF approval; December 2018

 Confirm project funding; spring 2019

 Issue tender documents; autumn 2019

 Commence works on site; spring 2020

 Open the Pools to the public; summer 2021.

The trustees are extremely grateful for the enthusiasm expressed by supporters and will continue to work with them to achieve a very special facility for local people and visitors.  A liaison group of key stakeholders including close neighbours will be established under an independent chair, to work with the Trust and contractors to ensure that the construction period goes as smoothly as possible. 

Chair of the Trust, Paul Simons, said: "The Cleveland Pools Trust has been delighted with the re-affirmation of support for the project from its many hundreds of enthusiasts: local residents and volunteers, swimmers, families and schools, heritage campaigners, and those who have pledged to support the project financially. We are determined to work with them to achieve a truly remarkable and unique facility”.   

The Cleveland Pools is the country’s only surviving Georgian lido, hidden away in Bath, on the banks of the River Avon. Once a welcome respite from the heat of the city in the summer, Cleveland Pools was a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike until it closed in 1984. The Cleveland Pools Trust (CPT) is determined to bring these wonderful baths back to life again.

If restored, Bath would be home to the world’s first naturally treated, heated, outdoor swimming pool, depicted in the images below. 

Public Appeal - Until we are able to communicate the details of our revised plan we are not looking for cash donations at this stage (although we hope this will change in the next few weeks) but we welcome pledges to demonstrate even further the support we have from the community. 

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One of our visitors says: "a quiet treasure of historical leisure" - Graham Gibbs