Dorset

Poole's Hamworthy Park paddling pool repairs 'will go ahead'

Black and white photograph of Hamworthy Park paddling pool Image copyright Friends of Hamworthy Park
Image caption Hamworthy Park paddling pool opened in 1931

Work to repair a 90-year-old "crumbling" public paddling pool in Dorset is to go ahead.

The revamp at Hamworthy Park is expected to start next month after Borough of Poole council committed £350,000 to the scheme.

It previously said quotes to carry out the work had "exceeded" the "anticipated budget" and its future looked uncertain.

Campaigners had vowed to fight for its future.

Work on the pool, which opened in 1931, was initially expected to cost £250,000.

Image caption Friends of Hamworthy Park said the pool's "whole base is crumbling and cracking"

Friends of Hamworthy Park, which said the pool's "whole base" was "crumbling and cracking", has raised an extra £31,000 towards the project.

'Delighted to confirm'

Pat Bullock, chair of Friends of Hamworthy Park, said: "There is not another paddling pool in the borough, this is the only one we've got and the kids love it.

"It's not going anywhere, it's staying here."

John Rampton, of Borough of Poole, said: "We have consistently said that we are fully committed to rebuilding the pool and with external grant funding not being forthcoming, we have worked hard to finance its successful delivery.

"I am delighted that today we are able to confirm it will go ahead."

Work to rebuild the paddling pool will start in February and be completed before the summer, the council said.

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