PENZANCE’S storm-damaged Jubilee Pool will not be open this summer but owners Cornwall Council are committed to its future and the café will be open to welcome visitors this year.
Those were the main points coming out of a meeting about the much loved Art Deco pool that local ward councillor Cornelius Olivier described as “very encouraging”.
“It was all very positive,” he said. “Cornwall Council are definitely committed to the future of the pool – there is no question of closure but it won’t be a surprise that it will not be open again this summer.
“The assessors (who visited the site earlier this week) are not prepared to commit themselves to a figure for the cost of repairs until next week but it would take something extraordinary to come out of their findings to compromise the council’s commitment.
“We were talking about the direction that the pool needs to take not about whether it will open again and the clear-up work should start very soon so that that the cafe can reopen for the summer.”
The meeting today was attended by Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for partnership, and Jeremy Rowe, the cabinet member for localism and devolution, as well as Cornwall councillors Tim Dwelly, Cornelius Olivier and Mario Fonk, by council officers and representatives from the Friends of Jubilee Pool.
And Councillor Olivier praised the contribution of the Friends.
“They were very amenable and, with their enthusiasm and imagination, have clearly got a lot to offer in terms of creative ideas in getting people to use the pool in different ways,” he added.