Splash pool could be replaced by water park

The splashpool at Stokes Bay, Gosport
The splashpool at Stokes Bay, Gosport
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GOSPORT’S derelict splash pool could be replaced with a new water park.

The pool, in Stokes Bay, has been left needing major repairs to make it useable again.

An inspection revealed it would cost thousands to repair the facility and open it up for youngsters to use again.

The leader of Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hook, says it is unlikely the pool will be open this year.

Instead, he is hoping to replace it with a new water park with different features for young people to enjoy all year round.

Cllr Hook said: ‘I have asked for a survey on the pool and it is beyond economic repair.

‘In today’s financial climate it’s not as if we have money lying around to do these things.

‘I’m looking for a long-term solution and I have asked the council’s officers to come up with a water park for young people.

‘It’s frustrating that we’ll be without the facility this summer but in the long term we’re looking at having something much better.

‘There won’t be a pool but there will be water features and fountains youngsters can run through.

‘All I can do is ask the public to bear with us.’

A new water park could have attractions for young people which appeal to older residents as well.

There would also be new seating areas and it is hoped the water park would be useable all year round.

Tony Goodman, of the Smarty Tots childminding group in Gosport, said: ‘I think it’s a brilliant idea.

‘I know a lot of mums who go down to Stokes Bay but there’s not a lot to do there.

‘Gosport doesn’t have a lot.

‘I think this would bring more visitors into Gosport and would be a good thing for the area.’