UNRULY behaviour of a group of children at the opening weekend of Hilsea Lido has led to a ban on children under 18 without their parents.
A small group of youngsters intimidated other users of the pool on Sunday, and the lifeguards, and then refused to leave when they were told to.
Now Helen Downing-Emms, one of the volunteers who has fought for six years to reopen the 1930s pool, says she has been forced to bring in the ban to ensure it can be enjoyed by others.
‘We had a lovely weekend with lots of children and their families enjoying themselves.’ said Helen.
‘Sadly, a very small group of young children who were unaccompanied were very badly behaved and as a result of their bad behaviour we had to close slightly early.
‘We have to educate parents to understand the Lido is not a creche. We need to educate children to understand their behaviour impacts on other people and their own lives.’
Mrs Downing-Emms said a system will be brought in whereby children under 18 obtain identification and sign a code of conduct, along with their parents, before they will be allowed in unaccompanied.
But that could be some time off and, until then, no one under 18 will be admitted without adult supervision.