A FACELIFT is underway for a historic Lewes swimming pool after staff decided to take the plunge and start work on revamping its look.
Pells Pool, the oldest freshwater baths in the country, celebrates its 150th birthday this year.
As part of the celebrations the pool is splashing out on extensive improvements.
Pool manager Phil Ransley said: “We have started work around the pool. So far we have relocated the pool’s pipes. They had been leaking water, but now they have been relocated there won’t be so much cold water.
“We have started some refurbishment work around the pool and it is going really well.
“This is the pool’s 150th year and so this is the first of many projects and fundraising efforts we are getting involved in.”
The facelift has been funded by Lewes Town Council and Pells Pool Community Association.
It will see a complete refurbishment of the swimming pool, fixing the piping, tank and exterior.
This means it will no longer have to top up the pool from cold spring water and water temperatures will warm up. The tile surround, paving and coping stones are being replaced and restored as the new pipework is laid.
Mr Ransley said: “We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the funding from Lewes Town Council and so we very much want to thank them. Fingers crossed we are hoping to have the centre open to the public by May.”
He added: “On Saturday, April 30, and Sunday May 1 we have our volunteers’ weekend, where local people can come over and help out. Everyone is welcome.”
Pells Pool was built in the 1860s and has provided a much loved attraction from the Victorian era right through to the present day. The volunteers’ weekend will be from 11am to 4pm. There will also be several fund-raising events taking place throughout the year with a festival on June 20. It is hoped the pool will open its doors in May.