Chair’s update December 2020
16 December 2020
We are finally nearing the end of this strange year and despite the recent move into Tier 3, the pool remains open and the warm water is as inviting as ever. It is heartening to see so many people continuing to swim and take exercise. Thank you for your continuing support come rain or shine.
Christmas is almost upon us and the Christmas period swim and exercise slots are now bookable on the Hampton Pool App and via Book Online. I hope many of you will manage to swim during the Christmas period.
Although most of us will need to continue to arrive beach ready and change on the poolside, those over 70, with a specific medical need or with small children under 2 can now register for priority use of indoor changing rooms. Once registered, you can pre-book an indoor changing space at the same time as booking a swim, subject to indoor spaces being available. The numbers are restricted to ensure the safety of those using the facilities. Thank you to all our members who continue to change outside and to the pool team on behalf of all of us for all the hard work done to make the outdoor experience as comfortable as possible.
Whatever the Christmas period means for you this year, on behalf of Hampton Pool Trust Board, I would like to wish you, your family and friends good health and happiness.
Annual Report and Financial Statements
I am also pleased to provide a copy of Hampton Pool Trust Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2020 following completion of the external review. These have recently been published on the Companies House website and will be added to the Charities Commission website when we submit the annual return for the Trust. The Trust made a surplus of £86,103 and the Reserves increased to £1,283,858. A couple of points to note:
- Covid 19 has had an impact on these accounts and will also impact the current financial year (year ending 31 March 2021). There is a section of the Trustees Report (p5) that addresses this topic
- The line descriptions, particularly on the Income & Expenditure Account (p14), are not fully reflective of the underlying activity and so to provide a better understanding to Members, some additional explanatory comments have been added within the orange framed comment boxes.
Green Transport Planning
Thank you to all members who responded to our recent travel survey. This has provided useful data on the factors influencing choices made about mode of transport when travelling to the pool. It had a particular focus on pedestrian access and provision for cyclists. We have used this data in our application to the community fund which, if successful, will enable some improvements to be made for pedestrians and cyclists ahead of the building redevelopment.
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