£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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by T Rollingsworth

25th February 2013, at 11:26:28

£40k to revamp and only a few quid of some chavs benefits spent on beer and spray-paint before it's littered with broken glass, needles and graffiti.

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"County Hall will also make extra money available if more repairs are needed."
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They know it will happen, so why not just install CCTV and catch them at it? Ah yes, because it's the council and they have the combined thought of a bag of rocks.

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by Paul Strauss

25th February 2013, at 10:33:47

Good news. I trust some of the budget will be allocated for a CCTV system to help catch the perpetrators of the inevitable vandalism that will ensue.

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by Kevin Crew

24th February 2013, at 16:49:43

The local council have lost over £6M in government funding in the last four years alone. Coupled with this is the fact that central Government regulations prevent any change of circumstance in funding to the elderly, which is a much higher percentage of our local demographic than in nearly any other area.
Am I suggesting that our local council are without fault?? Hardly.
But laying the blame entirely at their feet is not only short-sighted, but wholly inaccurate.

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by Mike Crowe

24th February 2013, at 14:51:45

Never mind Kevin, as you keep telling us how it should not be done, you will be a shining example to everyone and get it right. Roll on the time I see your name on the voting paper, put into office and we can all see your success.

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by Kevin Barclay-Jay

24th February 2013, at 14:40:24

The major reason for public service cuts is not the central government cuts in budget, it is the mismanagement by this awful council and its own budget deficit that it trys to hide behind central government cuts.

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