Published: March 16, 2010
Final piece of Burnham-On-Sea beach pool won't be saved after all

A final piece of Burnham-On-Sea's dismantled beach boating pool will not be retained after all, the district council has decided this week. reported at the weekend how contractors working on the demolition had reserved a final chunk of the landmark, pictured here, so that it could be moved onto The Esplanade alongside a new plaque.

However, it has since been decided that the concrete will not be saved after all.

Sedgemoor District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told on Tuesday afternoon (March 16th): "In conversation between the contractors and an employee, it was mooted that part of the structure may be retained."

"In no way was it every planned for, or a definite instruction. The remaining piece was left in situ by the contractors, but it has now been removed."

She added: "Burnham boating pool was built privately in the 1920 as a thanksgiving gesture by a family for the safe return of five sons from the Great War, rather than a memorial to the fallen. I have been in contact with the family and they are fully understanding of and sympathetic to the situation and the lack of funds. They are pleased that a supplementary plaque will be put up in the future."

The controversial work to remove the pool began on Wednesday and is being completed this week. was first to report last summer that the landmark was in jeopardy when cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council said it was launching a study into the cost of the repairs needed to retain it.

District councillors voted in December to have the pool removed due to a combination of costly repairs and safety concerns. The district council admitted in January that the bill to tax payers of demolishing it would be £9,800.

The beach looks more empty without the familiar boating pool in place


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