We hope everyone is having a good weekend and getting ready for Halloween 🎃👻😁
We recently had another committee meeting on the 23rd of October and we wanted to give you all an update on the meeting and campaign.
As we posted yesterday, we've contacted FCC to get an update on the feasibility study. We want to ensure that we're involved in the process. The feasibility study is going to be done in 2 phases. Phase 1 is to see if a pool is actually needed (we could tell them that already but how and ever 😉 ) and phase 2 is going to be a public consultation. This is where we need everyone to get involved. You made a great impact with over 350 submissions to the Castlelands Master Plan, which is a huge amount for a public consultation. Let's try to get a LOT more than that. We've over 2K in the group, if 350 submissions made an impact what would 2K do? We'll be really prepared, so we can get every cat, dog and devil lined up to make a submission! ☺
We've written to our political representatives again to ask them to keep the pressure on the council to move the feasibility study forward as quick as possible. We also asked them to confirm their support and if they would be willing to meet up with the committee.
We've applied for 2 grants so far. We've been covering any expensives ourselves but really need to get funding for a website and computer equipment. Hopefully we'll be successful for at least 1 of the grants but 2 would be even better.
We've arranged for a deputation meeting with the council, where we can sit down, face to face with the board of FCC and put forward the need for a public swimming pool. There's a waiting list for these meetings so we have been given a provisional date for May 2019.
After the mid term break we're going to start contacting schools, colleges and youth organisations to find out if, and how they organise swimming lessons. We want to see how the lack of a local swimming pool effects them and to find out how beneficial a pool would be to them. We'll publish the results here and use them to further the campaign with the council.
The committee itself has had a few changes and we feel we've a great team now with a lot of experience. We also have a new member on the committee, Susie Birney has recently joined us. Susie is a swimming instructor for over 20 years, so brings a lot of experience to the group. We hope you can join us in welcoming her to the committee.
That's all for now. We'll keep plugging away and will update you with any news we get.