A Special Message from the Cleveland Pools Trust - 19 December 2018

The Cleveland Pools Trust today welcomed news that it has secured a National Lottery grant to enable the future of this historic site to be realised.

Chair of the Cleveland Pools trustees, Paul Simons, said: “After 14 years’ hard work the Trust’s efforts have finally succeeded in guaranteeing the future of this unique place and community asset. The Trust is most grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for its support and belief in the scheme. Our thanks also go to the many hundreds of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to get us to this point, and the thousands of others who have expressed their support for the scheme over the years.”

Swimming is an essential life skill and the Trust has always been encouraged by the families and children from the Bathwick estate and wider area who are enthusiastic to see the revival of this unique swimming pool. The Trust is delighted to be able to continue to work with residents, who will see the benefit of this facility within their own community.

Thanks to National Lottery players and supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the £4.7 million grant will enable the restoration of Cleveland Pools to begin. The full scheme will cost £5.7 million and the Trust, having already raised £800,000, will now secure the remaining funds, creating the UK’s first naturally-treated (no chemicals) open air public swimming pool, with 30% of the energy for heating the water coming from heat pumps in the adjacent river.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of HLF, said “We are delighted that the National Lottery are able to support this outstanding project which will see this unique Grade II* lido restored and re-opened so that the community can enjoy access to its open air pools in a spectacular heritage setting. It seems particularly appropriate as the pool was originally funded in Georgian times by public subscription”.

As landowner, Bath & North East Somerset Council has worked closely with the Trust, supporting it with a limited amount of grant funding and backing the Trust’s restoration scheme and bid for the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Councillor Paul Myers, cabinet member for Economic and Community Regeneration said: “This is excellent news from the Heritage Lottery Fund and it means the Trust can now start work to bring the site back into use. As a council we have worked with the Trust and have supported the commitment of local people who have secured the future of a valuable city asset.”

The pools, on the banks of the River Avon in Bath, were built for swimming and recreation between 1815 and 1817 but were closed in 1984 and converted to a trout farm and private residence. The Cleveland Pools Trust has been working since 2004 to restore the Georgian lido and bring it back into use, the oldest outdoor public swimming pool in the UK.

The Pools are Grade II* listed buildings and structures and are currently on the national ‘Heritage At Risk’ register. They are situated within the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage site.

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.When restored, Bath will be home to the world’s first naturally treated, heated, outdoor swimming pool. 

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