Portishead pool trust director asked to quit by board


A businessman who was part of the campaign to save Portishead’s open air swimming pool has been asked to resign as its director.

Roger Whitfield was asked to step down by trustees because of “long-standing differences of approach”.

Mr Whitfield said the row centred on efforts to introduce procedures to ensure the pool was run “correctly”.

The trust’s chairman said in a statement that the board did not want Mr Whitfield as director any more.

But Mr Whitfield said he will not leave and said he was “not happy with the way the board are dealing with things”.

He said he was pushing for the trustees to set in place simple spending policies to get away from the current “ad-hoc” culture.

“When we ran out of plasters the manager didn’t have the authority to restock the first aid cabinet,” he said.

“When we need to buy sanitary wipes we have to hold a trustees meeting to buy them.”

The trust’s chairman, David Coombes, said in a statement that the matter would be discussed at the pool’s annual general meeting in February.

Mr Coombes added that Mr Whitfield’s input into the future of the pool would be welcome, but not as a trust director.

Portishead Pool was almost closed in 2007 by North Somerset Council because it cost the authority too much money to maintain.

It was saved two years later by the Portishead Pool Community Trust.

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