Following last December’s rejection by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) of the Cleveland Pool Trust’s application for funding to restore the pools, trustees met with officers of the HLF to discuss the reasons for rejection. The meeting, held on 11 January, was encouraging, with the HLF confirming that it considered 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.

The HLF identified a number of outstanding issues which needed managing before the scheme could be funded and since the New Year the trustees have been working hard to address these concerns. Councillors and senior officers of Bath and North East Somerset Council have committed their support. Meanwhile work by Curo to repair the retaining wall on the site is about to start.

On Thursday 15 March the Trust submitted a fresh application to the HLF. This application is the first round, enabling the Trust to prepare and submit a second round application which, if successful, will release funds to carry out the restoration of the Pools.

The programme outlined in the new submission is as follows:

  • December 2018: achieve HLF approval;
  • Spring 2019: confirm project funding;
  • Autumn 2019: issue tender documents;
  • Spring 2020: commence works on site;
  • Summer 2021: Open the Pools to the public.

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 trustees are extremely grateful for the enthusiasm expressed by its supporters and will continue to work with you all to achieve a very special facility for local people and visitors.


The Cleveland Pools Trust
March 2018


Cleveland Pools Trust

Charity no. 1109433 Company no. 5354621