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Tarlair open air pool moves closer to rescue as council is urged to approve emergency spending (and does)

It’s three years since we first noticed Tarlair open air and added a short article describing it.

Although it had been A listed back in 2007, it has to be remembered that listing is just what is says on the box, and only grant protection to the structure from development and change. It’s not funding or a magical free cash handout, not does it provide any protection from vandals and the attention others who consider themselves outside the law.

Saving such a structure still needs backers with deep pockets, and grants from the relevant sources.

By 2010 and out first article, things were becoming dubious, with a lack of awareness, and apparently more attention from vandals than supporters making it look as if the council would see filling in, or even demolition, as the only solution to a developing problem.

Since then, a group has been formed, and by the start of 2013 it was reported that thoughts of demolition, or even just filling in the pool, had been laid to rest, at least until the potential for restoration had been properly considered.

Now, it looks as if the council is set to approve a £300,000 emergency spending package, intended to stabilise the remains and make then safe until further developments can be considered, and plans to raise the estimated £2.5 million needed for a full restoration can pursued further.

I’m not sure if there’s some misunderstanding somewhere, as the comments after this article from The Scotsman have a gripe about the plan not including the boating pool being filled in, but this quote suggests it will (be filled in). Something to watch for in the detail of later updates. I looked at the only report I could find on the council web site, and it does mention this, but since the gripe does not identify the report or give a link, I could be looking at the wrong one, and have missed the one being referred to.

Stephen Archer, the council’s director of infrastructure services, states in a report to the area committee that the programme of essential repairs will demonstrate “commitment by the council to improve Tarlair and conserve the category listing, alleviate health and safety concerns, and prevent significant future maintenance costs.” The funding will also provide a platform for the potential future uses of the facility.

Mr Archer continues: “The Friends of Tarlair have been consulted and support the recommended option for essential repairs to be carried out. They feel this would be a positive step towards the future of Tarlair and demonstrate to the community the council’s willingness to fulfil their legal obligations to this unique Category A listed building.”

Members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Banff and Buchan area committee are now being urged to approve a £300,000 package of emergency spending to save the historic pool. The scheme would involve filling in the former boating pond at the site and a series of repairs to the main pool, buildings and roads.

Plans for a total refurbishment scheme are estimated to cost up to £2.5 million. A campaign group, Friends of Tarlair, was formed last year to lead efforts to restore the complex and the group has already made a Stage 1 Application for a Community Asset Transfer.

Stephen Archer, the council’s director of infrastructure services, states in a report to the area committee that the programme of essential repairs will demonstrate “commitment by the council to improve Tarlair and conserve the category listing, alleviate health and safety concerns, and prevent significant future maintenance costs.” The funding will also provide a platform for the potential future uses of the facility.

Mr Archer continues: “The Friends of Tarlair have been consulted and support the recommended option for essential repairs to be carried out. They feel this would be a positive step towards the future of Tarlair and demonstrate to the community the council’s willingness to fulfil their legal obligations to this unique Category A listed building.”

Via Tarlair open air pool to be saved from ruin – Heritage – Scotsman.com

I’m almost tempted to mention the comments that follow the article, as they are so sad and do little to help the cause of the pool. Comments seem to be becoming a place for folk to gripe at one another, or twist stories round to make some convoluted political point, rather than expand on the story they follow.

I was also about to add a link to some nice atmospheric pics I found in Flickr, but it’s (ie Flickr) now such pile of cack since it was relaunched a few days ago, I’m not going to dignify the mess by pointing at it.

Update

Following the council meeting mentioned above, Aberdeenshire councillors approved the £300,000 spend on essential repairs to preserve the open air pool, as an emergency spending package.

According to the follow-up article referenced below, the filling in of the boating pool was again listed as one of the actions, together with repairs to the main pool, building, and roads, intended to address conservation of the site, and legitimate health and safety concerns.

In addition, it was noted that the group which has been raising funds to support the pool has also submitted a Stage 1 application for Community Asset Transfer, and this is also being considered.

Via A-listed Tarlair art deco pool revamp approved – Visual Arts – Scotsman.com

Update

As per the comment below, contractors started work on the pool during Q1 of 2014, preparing for a full start in spring, once the risk of storm and bad weather had passed.

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May 26, 2013 - Posted by | Civilian, council | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Just to let you know that work has started to get the main building ready for contractors starting in the spring when the risk of storms have passed. You can find a shortened version of what is happening on this link if you look down a couple of posts. The committee and Friends have done a great job.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-Of-Tarlair/274871435948680?fref=ts

    (Admin Note: I don’t touch Facebook for anything, but I check links for security/spam. In this case I am not shown the ‘Friends’ page, but am presented with the Facebook registration screen.)

    Like

    Comment by Victor Greig | February 12, 2014


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