This has been posted on Bude Seapool facebook page and website:
Following a review of the latest regulations and guidance from the Government. We advise that Bude Sea Pool is closed and shouldn’t be used until the current Covid 19 restrictions are lifted. Meanwhile Volunteers are however allowed to continue with vital maintenance work at the pool during this time.
It is proving a controversial issue about which I have messaged Bude Sea Pool for a response. However, a response from James on their Facebook page, swimmers’ representative on the committee seems to have resolved the issue.
I’m sure everyone continues to appreciate the work done by the committee.
One local got in touch saying:
I do not agree with their decision as it’s a wild swim spot and not a managed venue. Other marine pools/sea pools are open, such as Clevedon at Bristol. Some paid/ticketed venues have re-opened and are not charging such as Alderford lake.
More people than ever this year have taken to swimming outdoors and is this taking away (unnecessarily) a safe place to swim?
Comments have been flying on Facebook. Here is a selection:
Mary: OK think I’ve found it here on page 30, section 24 of businesses required to close. I would just point out that you are not a business. You are custodians of a public open space. In the same document on page 10 a Public Outdoor space is defined in section 4. I don’t think you are entitled to close a public space. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/…/pdfs/uksi_20201200_en.pdf
Nicky: I can see how FOBSP want to cover themselves; however I see the guidelines to refer to privately owned/ticketed facilities which the sea pool is not, it is a public space and part of the beach, which is clearly stated as allowed. My main concern is that the RNLI and coastguard ask us to stay safe and encouraging swimmers into the sea rather than the safety of the sea pool is madness.
Rebecca: I am gutted by this as I am as I try to swim regularly at the seapool (2-3 times a week). I have unfortunately seen many people not following government guidelines, groups larger than 2, not respecting 2 metres.