Paddling pool to open for half term holiday

After being rescued from closure by local residents, Fleetwood paddling pool is now being repaired and painted for the summer season.'Adrian Gray (left) and Garry Carr bring the pool back to its former glory.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-5-2013
After being rescued from closure by local residents, Fleetwood paddling pool is now being repaired and painted for the summer season.'Adrian Gray (left) and Garry Carr bring the pool back to its former glory. PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-5-2013

Fleetwood Paddling Pool will be open and ready for use for next week’s school holiday.

Wyre Council workmen have been busy repairing and repainting the historic pool to get it ready in time.

It was hoped the pool would be open for the summer holidays at least – but that has been brought forward, much to the delight of campaigners who are fighting for the pool’s future.

Joe French, one of the key protesters said: “It’s fabulous! I am so pleased that town folk and visitors will be able to use it again this year after facing closure in 2012.

“It’s free, fun, friendly outdoor activity which brings all ages in the community together and hopefully will continue to do so, in some form, for years to come.”

The paddling pool’s future was under threat last year when Wyre Council pulled the funds to empty and fill it.

But protesters launched a campaign which was backed by thousands of Fleetwood residents and the pool was granted a reprieve.

The group behind the plans to keep the pool going and upgrade it is now working more closely with Wyre Council.

Fleetwood Community Trust, formerly known as the paddling pool committee, wants to raise enough funds to make the seafront pool sustainable and incorporate new features for children of all abilities.

In addition, Wyre Council is pursuing plans to upgrade the whole seafront play area, including the pool, and has brought in a new organisation to help with funding bids.

A Wyre Council spokeswoman said: “We are just doing a little bit of patching up and we will be finished in time to open this weekend for half term.

“We have arranged for a lifeguard cover from noon to 5pm each day until June 2 and then again from July 20 to September 1.

The council is now working with Groundwork, an organisation experienced in securing funding for such projects.

The Trust is planning fund- raising events throughout the year.