16 APRIL 2020
It has almost been one month since the forced closure of The Drumsheugh Baths Club, and on behalf of the staff and the Board, I hope you and your families are all well. I wanted to write to all members to let you know what actions the Board is taking to secure the Club’s future for members and our obligations to the staff.
It is hard to believe that in March we were finalising the arrangements to refurbish the pool shower area and plan other maintenance works around the building, and now the Club is closed.
The Board, along with Paul, our operations manager, has been working hard, keeping every aspect of the Club’s operation under review, to minimise our outgoings where possible. We are seeking to take advantage of all opportunities that are available from the Government, the banks, as well as looking closely at cost savings.
We have furloughed as many of the staff as we feel we can under the scheme run by HMRC. This of course means that we will in due course be able to recover 80% of the wage’s costs of furloughed staff. The remainder of the staff are working hard to keep the pool, plant and building in working order, so that we can reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. I am in contact with the furloughed staff who are all well and looking forward to getting back to the Club as soon as permitted.
In terms of other cost cutting measures, we have taken action to reduce our utilities costs as much as possible. We have taken appropriate advice, and the pool water is being maintained at the minimum temperature required to avoid damage to the pool tiling and surrounds. We have terminated any contracts we were able to. We have secured a six-month capital repayment holiday on our bank loan, which will reduce our outgoings during these most difficult times.
However, even with Government support, and the actions we have taken, there are significant, unavoidable, ongoing running costs which must be met despite the closure.
For that reason, we ask that you stick with us. We thank you for paying your subscriptions and for your continued loyalty. As future revenue and costs become more certain, we will look to share savings with members.
Once this crisis is over, we all look forward to reopening the doors of the Club. We will then be able to enjoy our wonderful pool and refurbished gym area in the oldest private swimming club in Edinburgh.
Thank you for your messages of support. It is my intention to give regular updates, and we will also publish all forthcoming communications on the members section of the Club’s website.