Family holidays in the 1970s
Some words about Black Rock swimming pool. I am interested in it as I have memories of it from the early seventies when as a child I visited Brighton with my family regularly for summer holidays.
Rose tinted nostalgia
Of course (rose tinted glasses at the ready), the summers may have been better in those days to the extent that it may well not be economically viable for the council to maintain an outdoor swimming pool, but I am not sure the weather was uppermost in their mind when they were dealing with the marina development consortium back in the 70s.
Why not all year round heating
After all, if they wanted to keep it open all year round they could heat the water as Camden Council do at the Oasis in London – and a very popular amenity it is. Brighton’s reputation would have been even more enhanced by an outdoor heated pool which is also open in winter.
Municipal cultural vandalism
The other issue, of course, was the act of municipal cultural vandalism in destroying one of the few 30s buidings in existence in Brighton. The photographs I have seen show that it was classic modernist design and it looks like the architect was influenced by the Bauhaus movement.