Town council steps in to run paddling pool

By Sara Bryce

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

 

Town council steps in to run paddling pool

Ventnor Town Council is to take over the running of the Isle of Wight paddling pool. Picture by Peter Boam,

A TOWN council is to take over the running of an iconic paddling pool after the Isle of Wight Council withdrew its support.

Ventnor Town Council will take over the running of the town's Isle of Wight paddling pool on the Esplanade, after Isle of Wight Council withdrew support for pools in Ventnor, East Cowes, and Ryde.

Town councillors decided last night (Monday) to adopt the running of the pool, after agreeing it was important to residents and tourists. It will cost about £3,700 per year, last night’s meeting heard.

The pool will be open from Easter until the end of September, and Cllr Jim Morgan suggested making the most of it by using it for little sailing boats for children if the weather was less than sunny.

Cllr Jim Toogood said current contractors were happy to continue maintenance of the pool at the beginning of the season, and emptying and cleaning it daily, and the council decided it was not necessary to put it out to tender.

Councillors criticised the Isle of Wight Council decision to withdraw support.

Cllr Debby Robinson suggested a strongly worded letter about how they have had to take on another of the responsibilities of the council. Cllr David George said: "It is small mindedness. Have they not got anything better to do than go around closing paddling pools? We have to keep the paddling pool open."

Cllr Harry Rees added: "We're a tourism island. This current council team seems not to want tourism. They just got a tourism grant and not one penny is being spent in Ventnor."

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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