Presenting the latest news about the development of the facility to secure its future.
Public consultation for
building development plans
Daphne Wharton, 2 August 2016
On 18 and 19 July from 15:00 to 20:00, Hampton Pool Trust hosted a public consultation at Hampton Pool about the proposed development of the facility to ensure the future of Hampton Pool for the next 25 years.
The architect Will Wimshurst and other members of the team from Wimshurst Pelleriti and members of Hampton Pool Trust presented a series of concept boards of the development to be submitted to planning this summer and answered questions from the public.
To download a high res PDF document (8.5Mb) of the concept boards please click here.
Promoting the event
The meeting had been publicised through a letter drop to local residents, emails to Hampton Pool’s data base and Hampton Pool Trust members, Hampton Pool website and an advertisement in the Richmond and Twickenham Times as well as posters around the facility. Dr Tania Mathias, the MP for Twickenham, Sports Richmond, local councillors, schools, residents’ associations and churches were all invited and responded very positively in sharing the invitation with others. Concerns The sessions were well attended and many interesting questions were raised. Many worries were allayed by the opportunity to talk face to face with the design team and members of Hampton Pool Trust.
A common concern was that the facility might have to be closed for the building works to take place. Happily, this was an easy fear to assuage as a key objective of the build team is to keep the pool open during the development works.
A number of people were concerned about how the project was to be financed. The simple answer is that the aim is to use current reserves and grants rather than to seek loans.
Anxieties from local residents about an increase in street parking was met by the assurance of an increase in the number of bicycle parking and an active policy to reduce the number of users travelling to the pool by car.
Fifty-two people wrote comments about the development which will be passed on the LBRuT Planning department with the planning application in early August. Mostly the comments echoed the sentiments expressed below:
“Looks fantastic, can’t wait to swim here when its finished”
“Will be great to see the facility we have wanted for a long time”
“Decent car parks”
“A disabled lift”
“New improved plant room”
“Continue raising the health profile of this area”
“It looks brilliant and maintains the character and charm of the pool”
And most of all “the continuation of swimming for all the community in the open air”
If all goes to plan, work on the development could start over the coming winter! Exciting times…
Fundraising and donations
Although we are aiming to fund this development through using current reserves (the majority raised from surplus from the Summer Picnic Concerts) and grants, we welcome any donations or contributions.
If you would like to support our plans and ensure open air swimming and healthy activity for our community, you can either make a donation directly to our My Donate page or contact the Trust by email here with your suggestions. Thank you.