On Thursday November 1st residents in the Pontypridd Town Council area will have the chance to vote on whether or not the paddling pool in Ynysangharad Park should be retained by the Council as part of its plans to renovate the Lido.
The referendum was called by members of the community under the terms of the Local Government Act which allows for a vote to take place if at least 150 electors call for it at a specially convened meeting.
That meeting was held on 8th October and there was an overwhelming majority of 209 to 14 in favour of calling a referendum.
The vote will now be held on 1st November. Voting will take place at the usual polling stations, which will be open between 4pm and 9pm. Polling cards will not be issued so people are advised to just turn up. They will be asked to vote yes or no on the question "Should Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council keep the existing paddling pool in Ynysangharad Park as part of the Lido redevelopment?"
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell, in whose ward the park lies, says
"The result will not be binding on RCT Council, they can just ignore it and press on, but if the result reflects the mood of the meeting and residents do vote in favour of retaining the paddling pool then that would surely be a very foolish move on their part.
The leader of the Council has said in the press that if they keep the paddling pool then the funding for the Lido will be lost. This is not borne out by any of the information we have been given by the funding organizations concerned who say they have been told nothing about the paddling pool.
Consultation has been extremely poor over the issue, as was acknowledged by MP Owen Smith both in the local press and at a public meeting. Residents are extremely angry about it all, especially when they were told in April the paddling pool would stay -that it turns out was a blatant piece of electioneering on the part of the then leader of the Council. The plans to take away the pool were submitted just one week after the election.
This is the last chance for residents in the area to have their say, and I hope they will come out on November 1st and let the Council know what they think."
Contact : Mike Powell 07779 337839 / Karen Roberts 07990 573591
More information can be found at www.pontylibdems.org.uk or on facebook at SOS Pontypridd Paddling Pool.