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PHOTOS: Geothermal spa WILL go ahead in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:47pm 14th September 2018. (Updated at 7:32am 15th September 2018)

The sea pool in Penzance has reached its fundraising target to continue with plans for a geothermal spa. 

Jubilee pool will heat the water to 35 degrees by connecting to a geothermal well at Battery Rocks.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a section of the pool heated using geothermal energy, while the majority of the pool will maintain its normal bracing temperature.

The listed building received planning consent for their geothermal plans back in June after it was first proposed over seven years ago.

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The Jubilee Pool has reached the minimum fundraising target to continue with geothermal plans.

They have succeeded in raising the minimum community investment target they needed for the project to go ahead.

“The additional fundraising really is a game changer for the pool and Penzance. 

"This project means people will visit all year around from far and wide and will boost the local economy and help regenerate the town. 

"It also means for us we can borrow less and pay less interest so we can spend our money as efficiently as possible and improve our facilities and service from not just ‘great’ but to ‘excellent’.”

Susan Stuart, Jubilee Pool Director 

The aim is the geothermal energy will heat the pool and other buildings as part of a sustainable approach to regenerate the local economy. 

Friends of Jubilee pool are making a further appeal to reach £500k before the 30th September.

They're hoping the extra fundraising will mean revamped disabled access and facilities and refurbishment of the pool's changing rooms.

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They're hoping to reach £500k to revamp disabled access and the pool's changing facilities.

Drilling into the nearby rocks stopped in August but will be starting again next week. 

A section of Battery road will close to allow the drilling to take place. During that time traffic will be diverted around Coinagehall Street and Gren Street.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support from Cornwall, other parts of the UK and investors overseas who visit Cornwall and love Jubilee Pool.”

"With any project like this, there is a degree of flexibility and much speculation about why drilling stops and starts. 

"Prior to summer, our partners needed to bring new and larger equipment to the site, suitable for a water pocket and it was decided that with the summer road traffic and need to keep this main artery road clear into Penzance, Newlyn and beyond, this would be better done in September.” 

Chief Operations officer, Abbie Cranage

The road closure is expected to last until Christmas this year and the car park will reopen when building works are completed over the winter. 

Abbie added:

“We hope that people will see that this project will be hugely beneficial to the area and will forgive the temporary minor disruptions in traffic flow and parking in order to bathe all year round and reap the benefits of added visitors to Penzance.” 

The newly-renovated and geothermal pool plans to reopen in Spring 2019.

You can visit the project's crowdfunding page here to help them reach their new target before the end of September.

 

 

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