Charity shop splashes out to get pool opened

Brechin paddling pool

Brechin paddling pool

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The community group behind the re-opening of the Brechin Paddling Pool has opened up a pop-up charity shop to raise funds for the project.

The Inch Maintenance and Preservation Society, known as IMPS, opened last week in the former Print Matters premises on Swan Street, and will be in place for four weeks.

The shop is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturdays, and the funds raised will go towards the pool’s running cost. The shop will also be accepting donations.

The paddling pool was closed by Angus Council in 2014 owing to budget restraints, along with the pool at Kirriemuir.

Since then, the Brechin community has rallied to try to bring the pool back.

George Garden and Mark Arbuthnott, from IMPS, said: “We have now purchased a new pump, filter and chemical dosing unit for the pool with the assistance of a very generous £500 donation from Scotmid Co-Op. We will start work to resurface and paint the pool over the next few weeks.

“We have plans over the next couple of years to make the ground at the Inch much more user-friendly and, if we are lucky and are successful in a funding bid, may even be able to bring our plans forward. The Brechin Flood Prevention scheme, which has been delayed, is due for completion sometime in July and that is when we will aim to have the pool re-opened”.

The pair added it had been “hard work” bringing the project together. They continued: “There has been overwhelming support from the community to bring the pool back for the town’s children and this is what has kept us going. Most of the hard work financially will come this year because the running costs are relatively low, so the long term future of the pool looks good if we can get enough volunteers to help day to day.”

Anyone interested in volunteering, or finding out more about IMPS, can contact them through their Facebook page - www.facebook.com/inchpark