The Flamingo Pool continues to be hit extremely hard financially by the government enforced lock-downs. Once again all amenities have been scaled back as far as is achievable to save as much as possible but we are still witnessing a loss of £9,000 last month.
Although Devon is now in tier 2 and the UK Government have said we can open again, financially the Flamingo Pool is not in a position to reopen at this current time. This decision was made by looking at average figures for previous December’s as well as figures for the past few months during lockdown and the 10 weeks we were open.
Losses if remaining closed during December for utilities/amenities etc. = £9,000
Losses estimated if we open During December on top of the above figure = £7,000.
This equates to an expected loss of around £16,000 for December only - including predicted income from swims. These figures have led to the extremely difficult decision being made to remain closed during the month of December. Further to this, the Flamingo Pool, which receives no external funding will not benefit from the recent news that East Devon leisure centres and swimming pools will be handed between £732,000 and £1,339,000 rescue packages whilst we are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant of £3,000 adding to the financial burden.
Whilst we appreciate so many of you have supported us throughout these terrible times and rely on the Flamingo Pool, we simply cannot ignore these figures and open as this will lead to a potential loss of the facility in the future.
We stated when we reopened post the first lockdown that the community would need to ‘use us or loose us’. Unfortunately, during the 10 weeks we were open between the end of August and beginning of November, we saw a dramatic drop in usage with long periods of time the pool being empty. This was difficult for us to see after the Flamingo Pool was awarded Covid Safe business status and our staff had dramatically stepped up all cleaning regimes to ensure every single member of the public and staff members are safe at all times when visiting the Flamingo Pool.
At this current time we are aiming for a reopening day of 4th January 2021, with all swimming lesson and Hydrotherapy Pool booking monies being honoured. We will release further information on this closer to the time. There will be no staff members at the pool to take phone calls so please stand by for more information to be released later in December.
Everybody at the Flamingo Pool wishes to thank everyone for their on-going support during this difficult period and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.