£40,000 revamp for paddling pool

By David Newble

Sunday, February 24, 2013

 

£40,000 revamp for paddling pool

The paddling pool was closed last summer.

EAST Cowes paddling pool on the town’s seafront will get a £40,000 facelift and reopen this summer.

The pool will be repainted and made shallower so it is safer for toddlers, in a project being financed by the Isle of Wight Council.

County Hall will also make extra money available if more repairs are needed.

East Cowes Town Council will take over running the facility on a 125-year lease and the refurbished pool is expected to open on May 27, for the bank holiday.

The details were outlined to a meeting of the council, which set the town’s precept at £90,000 for the next financial year, a rise of £5,000 on the previous 12 months.

The 7.6 per cent rise will mean the East Cowes element of the council tax bill on a band D home will increase from £33.45 to £36.01.

Cllr Bob Hooper asked why the bill had risen when more people were moving into the town, increasing tax income.

Cllr Morris Barton said there were a high number of people in the town who received council tax benefit and the town council was having to provide more services, such as libraries and toilets. "The central government grant to the Isle of Wight is reduced. You either close everything or you ask the public to pay."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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