£82,000 boost for swimming pool to help face impact of Coronavirus

Isle of Wight Council officers worked closely with staff and trustees of the Waterside Community Trust to put forward a bid

Waterside Pool

A community swimming pool in Ryde has secured vital funding to help it face the challenges of Coronavirus. 

The charity-run Waterside Pool will benefit from a £82,000 cash windfall from the National Leisure Centre Recovery Fund, launched by Sport England last year.

The money will help plug significant Covid-relayed losses sustained by the pool during the pandemic.

Isle of Wight Council officers worked closely with staff and trustees of the Waterside Community Trust to put forward a bid. Earlier this week they received the good news it had been successful.

Bottriell: Extremely grateful for the work that officers did
Georgina Bottriell, chairman of the Waterside Community Trust, said it was great recognition for the Island. 

She said,

“On behalf of all the trustees of the Waterside Community Trust, we wish to express our enormous thanks to the council in helping to secure these funds to aid our Covid recovery and survival. 

“We are so extremely grateful for the work that officers did over the Christmas period to make this happen. 

“This money will allow us to continue to provide essential leisure provision by preserving our centre for future generations and will assist with health recovery and swimming excellence in Ryde.”

Facilities crucial in Island’s recovery from Coronavirus
Councillor Wayne Whittle, Cabinet member for leisure, added,

“This is great news and I am pleased we were able to play our part in ensuring the survival of this much-loved community hub with this successful application.

“Facilities such as Waterside Pool sit at the heart of our communities and play a vital role in helping people to be active. They will be crucial in our Island’s recovery from coronavirus and bring about wider health, wellbeing and community benefits.”


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Phil Jordan
Since it wasn’t mentioned in the press release, I though perhaps I would advise and inform that Ryde Town Council – through it’s Grant system – supported the Waterside willingly and with great concern for its possible fate under covid (especially during the past year (remembering we support financially every year as well) to a sum of money approaching £90,000. We absolutely do want the Waterside to… Read more »
peterj
I must confess that I found it somewhat galling that the IWC are being lavished with praise for little more than helping to secure a grant after they washed their hands of the pool some years ago. I must also say that I am somewhat conflicted over the £100,000’s that RTC has given Waterside over the years since. Whilst I obviously see the benefit of Ryde retaining… Read more »
Phil Jordan
Peter, you make a valid point and we have discussed this aspect with the Trust in the past. They are not insensitive to the impacting outcomes but work within a Charity framework and a Lease position (with IWC) that does affect their trading opportunities. For example, the swan boating lake is in need of serious investment to clean it up and repair walkways … it’s owned by… Read more »
Steve Goodman
I’m reminded of the ‘bad news about the part played by the IWC in ensuring the loss of the much-loved Ryde Arena community hub. ‘Facilities such as Ryde Arena no longer sit at the heart of our communities and no longer play a vital role in helping people to be active. It could have been crucial in our Island’s recovery from coronavirus and could have brought about… Read more »
brockbadger
The IW Tories have invested little in Ryde in recent years, not just relinquishing Ryde Arena, the swimming pool, selling off the Town Hall, St Thomas’s Church, the Dotto Train and soon, hopefully, given the neglect suffered by the Harbour, they will relinquish that as well. Ryde residents are poorly served by the Tory IW Council but, thank goodness, they do not hold sway in Ryde Town… Read more »
Steve Goodman

Weren’t they also responsible for wasting four years work and about a million pounds of resident’s money with their late cancellation of the Ryde Interchange, which the government was going to give us about £6 million for?