THE trust that runs Shoalstone Pool in Brixham has admitted it has made 'a number of mistakes' and there is 'a problem within the trust'.
However, it said it is 'working to resolve the issues' and next year it would be able to deliver an 'even more successful' summer season.
The vice-chairman of Brixham Community Trust, David Giles, attended the Brixham Town Council meeting on Thursday night, as the council was due to discuss the future of the outdoor seawater pool.
Mr Giles told the council it had been a 'very successful' year. He said: "We had lots of sunshine and positive feedback. Members of the public and tourists praised the way the lifeguards dealt with them."
The community trust had considered the possibility of dissolving itself and reforming as a community interest company.
Mr Giles said: "The model has not worked to our satisfaction. The trust has made a number of mistakes this year. Nevertheless, we're taking legal advice and there's every probability the trust will continue.
"Next time, we won't find ourselves distracted by extraneous issues. We had a successful summer and once we've had our legal advice we'll be able to deliver an even more successful year."
He said the trust was working with Torbay Development Agency and Torbay Council and plans were already under way for next year. It is hoped the pool will open earlier than it did this year.
Mr Giles also said the Save Shoalstone Pool petition that is being circulated around the town is 'inaccurate or at least disingenuous'.
The petition calls for Brixham Town Council to take back control of Shoalstone Pool 'on behalf of the community and Brixham's future generations'.
The petition states that the community trust has 'spent all of the money given to it in just over two months, the pool is now neglected and unstaffed with its future again in question'.
Mr Giles told the council: "It's true the money for maintenance and lifeguards ran out but we had sufficient money for all the payments to be made.
"We were very wise with the public purse and didn't take money we felt wasn't needed this year."
He also said the petition stated there is discord within the trust. He said: "It's true to say there's a problem within the trust but the issues are being dealt with quietly behind the scenes. We've got a way forward."
The councillors discussed the options for the pool.
Cllr Mike Morey said if the trust did not continue, the next summer season was 'at risk'.
He said: "If the trust folds, Torbay Council will have to put the pool out to tender. That would take a number of months.
"The second option, if the trust folds, is for the town council to take on the responsibility. We all know how long it took for the town hall saga to be carried out. It would be highly unlikely to be sorted out by next summer."
Cllr Jackie Stockman put forward the motion that Brixham Town Council explores the possibility of taking on the long-term lease of Shoalstone Pool and the surrounding area and subcontracting the management to the community trust or other suitable partner.
Councillors Chris Lomas and Paul Addison raised concerns about the financial implications of the council taking on the lease, however the motion was carried.