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Harlow Council apologises for Town Park paddling pool closure

General / Tue 3rd Aug 2021 at 12:58pm

THE council recognises that residents are disappointed that the Town Park paddling pool remains closed. Repair work is continuing on site and the revised target opening date for the pool is the 13th of August. This is not where the council wanted to be and all efforts are being made to make sure the paddling pool opens for part of the school holidays. The specialist works are dependent on the weather conditions.

The pool is closed because the concrete base in the smaller area of the pool is undergoing specialist repair work. Until the repairs are completed and the pool is safe to use it cannot reopen. The safety of families using our pools is always the council’s number one priority. Work on the pool was immediately undertaken when the fault was first identified, but a specialist contractor was then required to get the pool ready for reopening. The council is working closely with the specialist contractor – further progress will be made this week to meet the 13th of August deadline. The pool will remain fenced off to prevent the repair work from being disturbed.

It is no underestimation that the Town Park paddling pool is a popular attraction. The council shares residents’ frustration that this pool has not been able to be fully enjoyed so far this season, especially given the improvements which were made to the pool this year. A review of the works and the process undertaken to sign off the pool ready for the summer has been launched so this doesn’t happen again in the future. The priority is to get the pool back up and running as soon as possible. 

The town’s other paddling pools are open and while some have had to close temporarily due to broken glass or minor technical issues, the majority have been available to use when the weather has been dry. 

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

“I want to apologise directly to the many families who feel they have missed out on being able to fully enjoy the Town Park paddling pool. A day out at the paddling pool is a special part of the summer routine for families during the school holidays. I always looked forward to a day out at the Town Park paddling pool when I was younger. The priority is to make sure the paddling pool reopens in a matter of weeks. A plan is already in place to complete the specialist repair work to the right standard to ensure the pool is safe for use. In the meantime, our town’s other paddling pools are open for everyone to enjoy.

“Families have shown a great deal of patience about the delay – it will be rewarded as the Town Park paddling pool will be up and running soon.”

Families can stay updated on the status of each paddling pool at: www.harlow.gov.uk/paddling-pools

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6 Comments for Harlow Council apologises for Town Park paddling pool closure:

Michael Hatton
2021-08-03 15:34:12

Yet another example of the broken promise to repair this amenity, as pledged by, you know who. Yet again, the Tories are having to try and repair the damages dumped upon them by the total neglect of, you know who.

Bruce Downey
2021-08-03 15:54:22

Bodge job. Somebody has to take responsibility.

Tony Durcan
2021-08-03 20:06:47

Yet again but no real surprise the Tory hidden spin Doctor is trying to misdirect the truth.. Another fine example to add to the bins and grass cutting that the Tories are good at moaning and blaming but fairly useless when having to take responsibility for anything. The blame game can’t last forever….

Michael Hatton
2021-08-04 13:50:21

Typical and to be expected from T Durcan, it is the usual rebuttal used by the Left who blatantly refuse to take responsibility for bringing the town to the brink of bankruptcy. The wretched denials and buck passing that pored out of the offices of this Labour group are fit for a Whitehall farce. The socialists were turfed out on their proverbial ear by the tax payers and residents, who were sick and tired of their underhanded methods and failures for some ten years, yet they condemn and attempt to demean the Tories who are trying extremely hard to evaluate what sort of mess they've been dropped into.

David Hughes
2021-08-05 07:16:50

Harlow council could not give a toss. Prove me wrong I dare you !

Jerry
2021-08-05 15:23:15

What you have to remember with councils wether county or town the first priority is cushy well paid jobs, over staffing, gold plated pensions. Serving the public is way down on the list.

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