Splash parks face hitches

(l-r) Isabelle Slate (2) and Ella Gibbins (2) both from Gosport, having fun in the new splash park ikn June Picture: Sarah Standing (131496-6925)
(l-r) Isabelle Slate (2) and Ella Gibbins (2) both from Gosport, having fun in the new splash park ikn June Picture: Sarah Standing (131496-6925)
From left, Charlotte Tipping from World Vision HQ, organiser of the lunch Sue Tinney, chef Sam Kemp, Alan Mak MP and Amy Johnson from the World Vision Advocacy Team 

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WITH temperatures soaring to 30C and above, a splash park should be the ideal place for youngsters to cool down.

But two splash parks in the area have faced temporary closures – one due to technical errors, while the other one entirely more human.

The Southsea splash pad was shut for a day for cleaning after it was contaminated with faeces on Sunday.

Now Portsmouth City Council wants parents to put a swim-nappy on little ones using the facility, located opposite the D-Day museum.

Cllr Lee Hunt is the cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport.

He said: ‘The weather has been so fantastic it’s only natural that families will want to be outside enjoying the great waterplay facilities the city has to offer.

‘What we’re asking is simply that they pop a nappy on any little ones who aren’t toilet trained so they don’t accidently spoil the fun.’

Over in Gosport, the borough council’s own £250,000 facility, in Stokes Bay, has shut four times since it opened back in June.

Just this week on Wednesday a pump ‘blew up’, according to Gosport council’s community board chair, councillor Graham Burgess.

It was shut for a day as contractor Sun Safe Play Systems Limited replaced the broken part.

The closure comes after the splash park, which opened on June 1, was shut on June 21 due to damage to the safety surface at the bottom of the slide.

It was again shut for repair work to the safety surface on July 1, a week after it was shut for maintenance work in the pump room on June 27.

Tory Cllr Burgess said: ‘We have a freak situation, freak weather for the UK and freak demand.

‘The splash park itself is absolutely brilliant.

‘We have had a couple teething problems, and we’re hopefully over those.’

Opposition Lib Dem leader Cllr Peter Chegwyn said it was a ‘tremendous asset’ but the council needed to work to keep it open.

Both are currently open.