Hampton Pool Trust is a small independent not for profit company and educational charity run by volunteers. Our vision is to maintain Hampton Pool as a safe, welcoming, enjoyable, sustainable and inspirational heated, open air swimming environment, all year round. Hampton Pool was saved from closure by members of the local community over 25 years ago. As a local social enterprise HPT exists to secure the future of the valuable local asset of Hampton Pool with its individual character and intimate charm for community use.
Hampton Pool Trust members are passionate about the facility and how it is run and aim to make Hampton Pool an inspiration for the popularity of sustainable, open air swimming, and good management of a local community facility. Read more...
On 18 and 19 July from 3pm to 8pm, 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.
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…