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Milford Haven: Community swimming pool’s future secured

Donations: Sara Kimson (Astoria owner) and Peter Kimson (Church at Nantucket) present the money to Cllr Stephen Joseph

THE FUTURE of the Rath Swimming Pool in Milford Haven has been secured after two generous donations from the community.

It had been hoped that Milford Haven Town Council would take over the running of the pool but they refused a request from Cllr Stephen Joseph.

The pool had been announced as a potential cut by Pembrokeshire County Council but Cllr Joseph, who has played an active role in keeping the pool open, has since received the £1000 needed to keep the pool open.

The Astoria nightclub in Charles Street has raised £565 while the Church at Nantucket has agreed to make up the difference.

He explained: “It is such a unique and fun place for families to come in the summer holidays, the view of the haven is spectacular and on sunny days, the pool is full of kids playing while parents and grandparents sit on the grass banks and enjoy the haven.”

Sara Kimson, the owner of The Astoria nightclub in Charles Street, said: “Every member of my family has enjoyed this pool over the years. It’s a part of growing up in Milford and we’re thrilled to be able to be a part of keeping it open for another summer.”

Naomi Joseph explained: “The church is full of young families who love the pool and we’re thrilled to be involved in keeping the pool open for everyone to enjoy.”

Councillor Joseph had previously got the pool re-opened at the start of his term as councillor for Milford Central and the pool has been packed each summer holiday since.

Pembrokeshire County Council will be providing the necessary lifeguards needed to supervise the pool and Milford Ladies Circle have offered to be part of the team of volunteers who will help in getting the pool ready to be filled.

Councillor Joseph is already working on a long term plan to secure the pool for many years to come.