Water shortage limits outdoor paddling pools openingBy Becky Barnes
June 19, 2012
Outdoor paddling pools at Jocks Lane and Great Hollands recreation grounds will be limited to a July and August opening this year.
The seasonal pools have opened as early as the late May Bank Holiday in previous years but Bracknell Town Council has decided to reduce the amount of time the pools are open this year because of the restrictions on water use.
Town clerk Mary Harris said: “This service is very weather dependent but once the pools are in use they must remain topped up with treated water all the time.
“The council has restricted the opening period this year to coincide with what it is hoped will be summer weather and with children’s school holidays.”
Mrs Harris said there had been enquiries for pool use during sunny weekends in May, and people had to be disappointed.
She said: “The council is aware that this will be disappointing for families and young people who had hoped to use the pool earlier in the year.
“They felt that the solution agreed was a suitable compromise given the current water restrictions and their desire to provide free services for families who are unable to use local paid facilities or visit the seaside.”
For any queries related to the paddling pools, call Bracknell Town Council on (01344) 420 079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The council has asked the public to respect the ‘Pool Closed’ signs because this means the water is untreated and unsuitable for bathing and other uses such as for water pistols.