''Council's commitment to Motcombe Pool is absolute''

Eastbourne Borough Council has secured the immediate future of Motcombe Pool after registering it as an Asset of Community Value.

The move follows the council's decision to form a Community Interest Company (CIC) to focus the fundraising effort needed to get the much-loved pool open again - an open day is planned next week (April 28) where anyone interested in getting involved in the CIC can go along and find out more.

The decision today (April 22) has added poignancy, as it is 118 years to the day that Eastbourne Borough Council purchased land from the Compton Estate for the purpose of "providing baths for public use" in Motcombe.

Councillor Robin Maxted said: "The council's commitment to Motcombe Pool is absolute. The Asset of Community Value designation provides the added assurance that the social wellbeing of the local community must remain the pool's main purpose.

"And knowing that on this day in 1904, councillors completed the purchase of the site where Motcombe Pool stands today, gives me even greater determination to see this wonderful swimming baths returned to its former glory."

Eastbourne Borough Council bought the land for £315, which in today's money is over £40,000. Construction began, and once completed by Peerless Dennis & Sons, Motcombe Pool was opened in 1905.

Councillor Peter Diplock added: "In addition to our efforts locally we must keep lobbying government for more support for community pools. Swim England has called on the government to commit £1 billion to help refurbish the UK's community pools and the new CIC will be lobbying for that essential funding too."

To see how you can play your part in the reopening of the pool, please attend the Open Day on April 28 at The House, in front of the Motcombe Pool main building.