Improved paddling pools set to open on Thursday

Communities / Wed 21st Jul 2021 at 09:26am

HARLOW’S paddling pools are gearing up for their official summer opening on Thursday 22 July as national restrictions are cautiously eased as part of the Government’s roadmap.

What’s more, they are coming back with a number of important improvements, carried out by the HTS Group, which will improve the way they work and their overall safety:

With the exception of the Staple Tye paddling pool, the pump rooms servicing each site have been overhauled, repairs to paths, concrete basins and mastic, repainting, installation of perimeter fencing to enclose open water and handrails to access the pools, have been carried out.

In addition, the Town Park paddling pool now has a new stepped pathway from Tanyard Place car park and a new non-slip resin surface to replace the tiling, following feedback from residents.

At Sumners, some of the playground’s old equipment has been removed and a new grassed seating area has been put in as part of the first phase of works. New play equipment will go in after the paddling pool season has ended.

At Staple Tye, no improvement works have taken place yet. However, designs for a new splash park have been commissioned. A decision on the process going forward to establish this splash park will be carried out in consultation with local residents who have already taken a direct interest.

Although national COVID restrictions are being lifted from today (19 July), there will be signage in place at the pools setting out the latest public health guidance about how to enjoy them safely.

Councillor Joel Charles, Deputy Leader of Harlow Council, said:

“I am delighted that we are now in a position to be able to open our paddling pools for families to enjoy this summer. This decision marks an important crossroads as we look carefully towards the town’s post-COVID future. Allowing people to come together once again at our paddling pools is a much-needed, fun distraction that is also good for general wellbeing.

“The improvement works that have been completed make the paddling pools safer and more accessible. I would like to thank all the council and HTS officers who have been involved in completing this latest set of works to prepare for the easing of current COVID-specific restrictions.”

You can stay up to date on the status of the paddling pools from Thursday 22 July at: www.harlow.gov.uk/parks-and-culture/paddling-pools

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7 Comments for Improved paddling pools set to open on Thursday:

Tony Edwards
2021-07-21 15:38:53

As shadow portfolio holder for Community Resilience I would like to thank all those involved in ensuring that the paddling pools have been restored and up-graded. I also look forward to seeing the development of the splash park at Staple Tye. The Scrutiny Committee (which has Councillors from both Political parties) worked hard and it's gratifying to see it's recommendations, which were implemented by the previous Labour administration, come to fruition.

Tony Durcan
2021-07-21 17:04:57

Yet again another reminder of one of the key objective achieved when Labour were in administration. No doubt the local Tory spin Doctor will rewrite history and again claim this was all due to the Tories running the council since May. Well done to all councillors on the scrutiny committee that took evidence and made recommendations to the Labour council. Thank you to HTS and council staff who made this happen

2021-07-21 18:30:20

Bit late now summers over.

2021-07-21 19:05:44

Go away with the political war on this. It’s been a rough 18 months for our children and it’s about time “something” has been done and improved for them to look forward to. Who gives a s*** what political side took these actions? Let’s be glad and happy the kids of our community are able to finally use the facilities FFS

Paul Henderson
2021-07-21 19:50:23

Mr Durkin, Nobody is claiming credit as you infer. I think Tony Edwards expressed the matter more eloquently and elegantly. You should take note of his more gallant deportment, which shows balance and maturity.

Tony Durcan
2021-07-21 20:17:00

It might help if you could at least spell my surname correctly. For the record I thanked the scrutiny committee members and the staff, Just pleased the Tory spin Doctor hasn’t attempted to re write history and take all the credit yet. Let’s get the kids to play safe and enjoy this community experience.

Tony Durcan
2021-07-22 14:20:08

Leon. You may not agree with me but I won’t be bullied by you. Could I suggest you keep your comment respectfully. It’s good that Your harlow allows debate but let’s be very clear bullying never works to influence discussion. Name calling isn’t the answer Thank you

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