New boilers urgently needed at Stanhope outdoor pool

HEATING HOPES: (L to R) Peter Thompson, chairman of Stanhope Pool Ltd, with Chris Cassells, managing director of Opus Green, at Weardale Open Air Pool

HEATING HOPES: (L to R) Peter Thompson, chairman of Stanhope Pool Ltd, with Chris Cassells, managing director of Opus Green, at Weardale Open Air Pool

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AN outdoor swimming pool is seeking funding for an urgent upgrade of its heating system.

In recent years, the boilers that heat Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool in Stanhope have broken down on numerous occasions, with one of the four having failed completely.

The popular tourist attraction is open 100 days per year and, as the end of the season approaches, the volunteers that run the pool have been looking at how they can improve the heating system.

Peter Thompson, chairman of Stanhope Pool Ltd, said: “Boilers are essential for the pool to function and the existing boilers have come to the end of their working life. Rather than just replacing them like-for-like, we want a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution.”

Tyneside-based experts Opus Green has recommended installing two energy efficient condensing boilers and 38 solar PV panels at a cost of £35,000.

Stanhope Pool Ltd has asked Durham County Council, which supports the pool, for a £20,000 contribution and will cover the remainder of the costs using its reserves.

Mr Thompson will meet with council staff later this month to discuss the options.

To make a donation to Stanhope Pool Ltd or for more information, contact info@stanhopepool.co.uk

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3:43pm Wed 3 Sep 14

settheworldonfire says...

Who benefits from this?...Yes... only holidaymakers and Stanhope and Dales locals......D.c.c. are supposedly skint and cannot afford to keeps care homes open or cut grass.....
Who benefits from this?...Yes... only holidaymakers and Stanhope and Dales locals......D.c.c. are supposedly skint and cannot afford to keeps care homes open or cut grass..... settheworldonfire
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3:16pm Fri 5 Sep 14

fredfromwillington says...

Well, well, well once again settheworldonfire complains about something in the local area, where local people are trying their best to make things happen for their communities. Stanhope pool does serve a purpose, not that I've ever used it, it allows local people to go swimming and as for holiday makers, don't they increase the local economy by spending their cash in the local community whilst on holiday!!! Something that settheworldonfire obviously hasn't thought about but then again does he ever think about the posts he puts on here. I wish we had a pool at the bottom of the Dale, yes we lost ours and I know people are trying to resolve that yet settheworldonfire just complains about that too!!!! Good luck to the community at Stanhope with trying to make things work, excellent idea around renewable energies. What settheworldonfire seems to miss is that budget cuts make for difficult decisions, I don't support the Council in making the cuts but understand why they are made. If settheworldonfire is so good and everyone else is so bad, let him/her take on a community project of note, and lets see what he/she does with it. If he got of his high horse and started to help instead of complaining at everything anyone try's he might actually find out how difficult it is to make things happen. Those that critise and complain need to take a long hard look at themselves and start to congratulate people who try to keep local amenities
Well, well, well once again settheworldonfire complains about something in the local area, where local people are trying their best to make things happen for their communities. Stanhope pool does serve a purpose, not that I've ever used it, it allows local people to go swimming and as for holiday makers, don't they increase the local economy by spending their cash in the local community whilst on holiday!!! Something that settheworldonfire obviously hasn't thought about but then again does he ever think about the posts he puts on here. I wish we had a pool at the bottom of the Dale, yes we lost ours and I know people are trying to resolve that yet settheworldonfire just complains about that too!!!! Good luck to the community at Stanhope with trying to make things work, excellent idea around renewable energies. What settheworldonfire seems to miss is that budget cuts make for difficult decisions, I don't support the Council in making the cuts but understand why they are made. If settheworldonfire is so good and everyone else is so bad, let him/her take on a community project of note, and lets see what he/she does with it. If he got of his high horse and started to help instead of complaining at everything anyone try's he might actually find out how difficult it is to make things happen. Those that critise and complain need to take a long hard look at themselves and start to congratulate people who try to keep local amenities fredfromwillington
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