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Report - Traie Meanagh open air swimming pool, Port Erin - June 2015

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by urblex, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. urblex

    urblex 28DL Maverick
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    An old open air swimming pool. Not that much to see but spent the best part of 2 hours here. Some nice decay and rust going on but not a lot else.

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    History stolen from local newspaper,
    Brian King, who worked here when it was open said
    "The pool was very popular with those among the local youth who were hardened to the cold water.
    A Mr Marshall had been manager before I started there, then Mr Condra when I started in 1955. By the time I had qualified as a PE teacher Mrs Joan Shimmin had been manageress and I finished my last season in 1961 as temporary season manager.
    Galas were held every Wednesday with short speed swimming events and fun events like egg and spoon and balloon races. Leslie Watterson, foreman of Port Erin commissioners, did the announcing and setting up.
    'Part of my job was to encourage daily visitors to enter the weekly competitions, including looking for prospective entrants for the bathing beauty competitions.
    Hotels were encouraged to enter and the Squadron Cup was up for weekly competition by hotel teams. I well remember Mr Hoyle, the entertainments manager at the Balqueen Hotel, bringing a team over every week from Port St Mary.
    Cash prizes were offered in the form of vouchers worth five shillings which could be spent on any goods in shops in Port Erin.
    The bathing beauties got three guineas, two guineas and one guinea respectively."

    And another article,
    "THE former swimming baths at Traie Meanagh in Port Erin is a 'significant blemish' and should be camouflaged to make it less of an eyesore, local resident Charles Faragher has said.
    Mr Faragher wrote to Port Erin Commissioners in view of the refurbishment of Bradda Glen cafe (which is being transferred from the local authority to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry).
    'As we all know, the views from Bradda Glen constitute a big part of its unique appeal, however, the beautiful panorama has one very significant blemish,' wrote Mr Faragher.
    'In full view of the glen is the eyesore of the derelict and abandoned swimming baths, which must have drawn tens of thousands of detrimental comments over the years.'
    He added: 'Commercial viability has eluded all who have ventured there. However, the legacy of monies invested over the years is a concrete structure whose great ugliness is matched only by its great robustness which makes it capable of defying the elements for many generations to come.'
    He said: 'If it cannot be removed, it should at least be disguised.'
    He asked the local authority to ask for specialist advice on a painting scheme.
    The local authority has battled since 1990 to get action taken to tidy up the site. The former swimming pool, owned by the commissioners, was leased to Clearwater International Aquaculture, who ran it as a fish farm and then bought it. It then sold it to Chattens Ltd, owned by Steve Bradshaw. At one stage, Mr Bradshaw had plans to create an extreme sports centre at the site.
    The local authority's prompting has resulted in the Department of Local Government and the Environment's environmental health unit to make several trips to the site — the latest was in 2008. Some work was done to tidy it up.
    At last week's commissioners' meeting, Jean-Pierre Depin said it was not the commissioners' property and they should pass the letter on to owner Mr Bradshaw.
    But Phil Crellin said they should ask environmental health officers to look at it again.
    Clerk Mike Kewley explained a notice was served nine years ago on Mr Bradshaw, he appealed and won his case and the local authority has been 'stymied ever since'.
    'It has gone down hill,' said Mr Crellin. 'It does look awful. It would be lovely to think we could have an outdoor use swimming pool, but those days are gone, it's about time we grasped the nettle. It's an eyesore, it's a millstone round his neck and Port Erin's.'
    Mr Crellin proposed the commissioners write to environmental health and reply informing Mr Faragher of their action. He was seconded by Anne Kelly.
    Speaking to the Examiner following the meeting, Mr Bradshaw said a project to breathe new life into the former swimming pool is on the drawing board.
    'There is a strategic review by somebody going on at the moment,' he said. 'There is some activity. A firm is looking at something regarding the site.
    'It has got to be commercial. We are looking to work with a very reputable environmental agency from Finland.'
    That's about all i could find.

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    this little bird followed me around pretty much the whole time i was there
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  2. powerofdolph

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    nice whoopee cushion :thumb
     
  3. Lancashire lad

    Lancashire lad chief taster for costa coffee
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    meh not the best place but decent enough pik lad
     
  4. urblex

    urblex 28DL Maverick
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    Cheers man, yeah know what you mean it wasn't as good as i expected it to be, still enjoyed it though
     
  5. Miss Mayhem

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    Looks like a nice little explore :thumb
     
  6. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one mate. I remember you telling me about this place. Looks a nice little mooch :thumb
     
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