SPLASH PAD CLOSURE I know that the splash pad at Eling Recreation ground is an …

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SPLASH PAD CLOSURE

I know that the splash pad at Eling Recreation ground is an incredibly popular facility. Normally, at this time of the year, it would be packed with parents and kids all having a great time.

Unfortunately, Totton only has the one water facility (out of three) operational this year. This is the one at Testwood Recreation ground.

You have to book a place with the Town Council, so as to restrict numbers and ensure that the risk of spreading the virus is within reasonable limits.

My Lib Dem colleagues appreciate the efforts of staff in opening facilities after the lock down. It isn't easy. There is a whole raft of government guidance that has to be followed. However, we have been pushing behind the scenes to get the splash pad opened, so far without success.

Conservative Councillors, (who are slightly in the majority), are supporting closure and pointing to the fact that we are one of the very few authorities that offer any sort of water facility at all.

We have been given a number of different reasons (sometimes contradictory) why it won't be opened at all this summer. Every day that is lost makes it all the harder to justify opening it, including one "estimate" the facility is near the end of its' life and will cost £40,000 to put right.

Sadly, I think the Town Council suffers from an absence of future planning. It's become increasingly common for facilities like this not to be operational (even without the virus).

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