Swimming club left with no home after being asked to leave base at Shearbarn

A CHILDREN’S swimming club is desperate for a new pool after having to leave its base at a holiday park.

Splash Swim School, run by Nicky and Max Edwards, was set up more than a year ago and based at Shearbarn in Barley Lane.

But, according to the club, park owners asked it to leave and gave it two weeks’ notice.

Nicky said: “New owners of Shearbarn told us there was no future for us at their swimming pool. The children who used it now have nowhere to swim.

“Owners suddenly dropped the bombshell, telling us we had two weeks to leave.”

She added that the club had searched for an alternative venue to run its swimming lessons since the club left Shearbarn last month but to no avail.

Debra Davies, of Priory Road, took her eight-year-old daughter, Elizabeth and six-year-old-son, Benjamin to use the pool.

She said: “The previous owners were happy for use to use the pool in the evening after 6pm because it didn’t get used at that time by anyone else.

“We now have more than 100 disappointed children because we’ve had to leave, as the new owners want to make the pool exclusive to holiday-makers.

“Most of the children joined the club when it first started, many of whom were too afraid to get in a pool at first. My children loved it.”

The previous owners Haulfryn sold Shearbarn to a new company earlier this year, called Jackdaw Leisure Management, to run the holiday park.

Michael Paul, its director, said: “The swim school had a similar contract last year which was renewed at the end of July.

“This year it wasn’t as we need the swimming pool in August for our customers.

“We have 300 tent pitches, 150 caravan pitches and 109 holiday static pitches.

“More than 1,800 people use our park so our pool is under real pressure.

“We took over the running of the park in April. It’s doing really well and is now much busier than before.

“The swimming club taught children to swim for an hour from 5pm in our pool. We have nothing against children learning to swim but have to take our customers’ needs first.”

If anyone can help the school with a new pool they can ring Nicky on 07927 387993.