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Pressure from Welsh Lib Dems saves Ponty’s paddling pool

April 20, 2012 10:04 PM

Labour has made a dramatic u-turn over the future of the paddling pool in Ynysangharad Park following a campaign by local Welsh Liberal Democrat campaigners and in the face of overwhelming public support for retaining the pool.

Commenting on the announcement from Russell Roberts that the pool will remain Council Group leader Mike Powell said

"This is excellent news, the paddling pool is part of the town's history and brings thousands of visitors to the Park each year.

The plans presented to the public a few weeks ago clearly showed that the paddling pool was to be removed and replaced with a grassed play area. This was confirmed by the officer at the exhibition who also said that the Lido would be a pay to use facility and that the new children's pool would be housed within its boundary. If there has been any misinformation as Cllr Roberts claims then that is where it originated.

We have always said that the pool should remain, and I am pleased that the Labour administration have bowed to public pressure, although the timing of this immediately prior to the election may raise a few eyebrows amongst the more cynical. After all we have heard numerous promises in the past related to the park."

In 2008 initial plans to be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund showed the paddling pool being removed and replaced by a splash play area. A Welsh Liberal Democrat petition raised over 4,000 signatures against it.

Those plans came to nothing as the grant bid was not submitted. Then earlier this year there was another announcement that a funding bid was to be submitted to renovate the Lido. No mention was made of the paddling pool in the press release from the Council but plans clearly showed that it would be removed.

Once again the Welsh Liberal Democrats launched a campaign to inform the public of the plans and gauge opinion, which was clearly in favour of keeping the pool.