Gosport’s splashpool axed as part of £250k play area revamp

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GOSPORT’S derelict splashpool will be replaced with a new wet and dry play area after councillors gave the scheme the go-ahead.

Gosport Borough Council has decided to remove the old pool at Stokes Bay and replace it with interactive water fountains and jets.

There will be a play area next to it for youngsters to enjoy.

Councillors called an extra meeting of the council’s community board earlier this month to discuss the plans and approve them.

As reported in The News, the council decided to close the splash pool after a survey revealed it was beyond economic repair.

Deputy leader of Gosport Borough Council Cllr Graham Burgess said: ‘The paddling pool was always very popular as small children who were scared of the waves could still have a great time in the shallow waters of the pool.

‘Sadly, that is no longer available as the pool is beyond repair, but we feel the new facility will be equally popular and probably even more so.

‘The designs vary but can be made up of different things like jets or umbrellas of water that children can stand or sit under.’

The council says the new facility can be started at the flick of a switch, making it available all year round whenever there is good weather.

The new facilities will be funded by developer contributions.

Research of similar schemes show it would cost around £250,000.

The council hopes it will be up and running for next summer.

But essential work on the electrical supply to the site will be carried out as soon as possible to avoid the scheme being held up.

The splashpool, which will not open again, was only open 90 days a year and required a lifeguard.

Cllr Burgess added: ‘One thing that Stokes Bay has always lacked is play equipment so a new play area will also be provided nearby providing fun for all young families.

‘And what is doubly good news is that the money to fund this new facility is to be taken from developer contributions, so it comes at no cost to the taxpayers.’

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