The Friends of Broomhill Pool have done terrific work raising public
consciousness over the last year with a Saturday stall on the Cornhill,
holding meetings and collecting over 16,000 names for the petition which was
presented by Sir Michael Lord MP to Councillor John Mowles. They have been
supported by numerous letters to the Evening Star and East Anglian Daily
Times as well as appearances on local radio and one on TV.
The good news is that the full council and the Executive Committee of
Ipswich Borough Council have agreed to set up a Steering Group to oversee
the development of options for securing the future use of Broomhill Pool.
The Steering Group's members will be locality councillors of all hues,
representatives of the Trust and local residents, Council officers and Sir
Michael Lord. The exact composition has yet to be decided.
To ensure the continuing support of the community, to improve the cohesion
of the organisation and to start raising funds, the Friends of Broomhill
Pool have changed into The Broomhill Pool Trust, a simple trust that has
applied for Charity Commission registration. Clearly the group will have an
enormous task to raise the finance but we feel it is possible. We will then
have to grapple with the problem of how to manage the pool for the next
twenty years so that it loses less money. We have a lot of ideas; it looks
as though climate change will be on our side! Over the next few months the
Committee of the Trust will be helping the Steering Group as well as keeping
up the publicity. Suffolk County Council through its Locality Fund has
supported us generously so that we can set off on the next steps. We shall
start fund raising soon and we are looking for active supporters who can
help us - any volunteers please get in touch. And we have a web site
and a logo. Visit and sign our petition on-line.
MIKE COOK, Chairman, The Broomhill Pool Trust