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Paddling pools will reopen next season

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Paddling pools will reopen next season

Conwy’s four paddling pools will reopen next season following refurbishment.

The Council is proud of the fact that it has four of only five remaining free public paddling pools in North Wales and recognises the importance of them to both local people and to our visitor economy. We have invested heavily in all of our paddling pools this year to ensure their future is secure and we are grateful for the patience of our communities whilst this essential work has been undertaken, particularly during the delays caused by the supply issues and then wet weather.

Cllr Aaron Wynne, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said “Given the poor weather this August and the level of repairs that have been needed, the work has taken longer than anticipated.  The paddling pools normally close at the end of September and, to avoid further uncertainty, we have taken the decision not to reopen the pools this year which will allow all the work to be completed to the highest standard.”

Cllr Wynne added: “This has been a major investment to secure the long term future of these much loved community assets.

“All four pools will reopen at the start of next season fully refurbished for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.”

At Llanfairfechan, work has been carried out on the expansion joints, on the damaged and worn access steps and the perimeter footpaths, and there have also been upgrades to the incoming water supply.  We have also refurbished the walkway at Penmaenmawr, as well as carrying out work on thepool base and material below.

Craig-y-Don and Rhos on Sea paddling pools have required more substantial work, due to a number of structural issues. 

At Craig y Don, work is continuing on the joints to make sure the new coating is not affected by historical movement and cracking. Once completed, the joints can be filled and the surfaces smoothed before the new safety surface is applied.

At Rhos-on-Sea, the Council commissioned a structural engineer due to problems with penetrating ground water. The defective concrete slabs have been fully exposed so that the required repairs can be confirmed and then carried out.  Once this work is complete, the new safety surface coating can be applied.

Cllr Aaron Wynne, added: “I’d like to reassure residents that we’re committed to getting the work completed at all four sites for the benefit of those living and visiting our county.  Whilst we understand the disappointment caused this year we are pleased that we have been able to invest to protect the future of all four of our paddling pools and look forward to opening them again next year.”

Posted on 08/09/2023

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