Algae fears keep seafront splash pool closed

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SOUTHSEA’S seafront splash pool has been prevented from opening over fears children could slip on algae.

The pool, next to the D-Day Museum, would normally have opened in the current warm weather – but an unusual form of algae has coated the pool and made it dangerous.

Specialist cleaners have been called in and the council hopes to reopen the pool by next Thursday.

Cllr Lee Hunt, the council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘We’re sorry not to have been able to open this popular pool during the good weather. It’s disappointing.

‘But we’ve had to take this decision because the pool has been made extremely slippery by this growth of algae. It’s hard to see, but it’s slimy and hard to remove.’

Philip Jones, 67, from Southsea, said: ‘I went down with my son and it was closed. And I saw lots of other families being turned away as well.

‘Could the council not have thought about this before now; what sort of way is this to run something? Why aren’t there people on hand to sort this out? It’s absolutely ridiculous.’