Motcombe Pool Update 30th March 2022

Your Old Town and Upperton Lib Dem teams have been working hard to secure the future of the well-loved Motcombe pool.

In the last few months, led by Councillors Peter Diplock and Robin Maxted, and supported by the
local community, we have:

• Formed Motcombe Community Pool CIC;
• Further protected the pool by seeking to register it as an asset of community value;
• Secured funding of £200k from Eastbourne Borough Council;
• Connected with Saltdean Lido;
• Spoken with numerous stakeholders, partners and groups about further funding;
• Launched our website:;
• Organised an Open Day at the pool taking place on 28th April.

The pool has been closed since the onset of the pandemic, mainly due to the impossibility of
making such a small space Covid- safe.

During this time we took the opportunity to run a full survey of the pool and the building itself. Built in 1904, and now over 120 years old, the pool needs a complete overhaul.

With Eastbourne Borough Council's government revenue grant cut from over £10m a year in 2010 to zero now, finding resources to maintain all our assets has been and continues to be a challenge. The future for
Motcombe pool is best secured through the creation of a CIC, seeking funding from the full range
of available of sources, and putting residents at the heart of its future.

Alongside this, we are looking at creating a charitable trust to run alongside the CIC, opening up yet
more potential sources of funding.

As well as the £200k secured from the Borough Council, we have also obtained a further £10k from
the Borough to assist in obtaining grant funding. The example of Saltdean Lido over the last seven
years, from closure to imminent reopening, after gaining funding of circa £7m, shows that this
model works and reopening a refurbished Motcombe pool can be done.

We need you!

We are holding an Open Day at the pool on 28th April. We won’t be able to access the main pool
area due to health and safety reasons, but please do come down and find out more about what
happens next. You’ll be able to see some of the history of the pool; see some of the challenges we
need to overcome; find out about the journey of Saltdean Lido over the last few years; and find out
about how you can get involved in restoring this much loved community asset for future

If you’re interested in finding out more, visit our website at
and sign up for further details.

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