Eastrop Park and Popley pools, in Basingstoke, to be filled

THE paddling pools at Eastrop Park and Popley will be filled in July and August after a u-turn by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Bosses had decided not to fill the popular pools in Basingstoke in an attempt to reduce water consumption after the region was declared in drought earlier this year.

But after numerous complaints from residents, they will now be filled - but only from July.

Corporate director Karen Brimacombe said: “To conserve water we did not fill the paddling pools in the borough as we usually would last month.

“We received letters and telephone calls from a number of residents concerned that the paddling pools would be missed this summer. After considering if there was any other possible use for the areas, for example an artificial beach, it was decided to fill the pools during July and August.

“We believe this is a solution that meets the needs of our residents and visitors while also having helped to conserve water.”

If you missed the paddling pools during the recent spell of warm weather, contact the Gazette on 01256 337444 or email simon.moss@basingstokegazette.co.uk.

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1:51pm Mon 28 May 12

Islands says...

I'm pleased the council have finally seen sense on the matter. Yes, the pool has been missed by my family and many friends of ours.
This issue has been one of the hot playground topics this year and all parents felt the closure was a false economy as we use Eastrop pool rather than filling our own pools.
Regardless of the hosepipe ban, people would have filled their paddling pools at home.
I expect the boating lake staff are breathing a sigh of relief as well.
I'm pleased the council have finally seen sense on the matter. Yes, the pool has been missed by my family and many friends of ours. This issue has been one of the hot playground topics this year and all parents felt the closure was a false economy as we use Eastrop pool rather than filling our own pools. Regardless of the hosepipe ban, people would have filled their paddling pools at home. I expect the boating lake staff are breathing a sigh of relief as well. Islands

10:02pm Mon 28 May 12

Keep_Calm_And_Comment. says...

That's typical, isn't it...fill the pools after we've had the sunshine! I'll bet a fiver this will be the wettest July on record!
That's typical, isn't it...fill the pools after we've had the sunshine! I'll bet a fiver this will be the wettest July on record! Keep_Calm_And_Comment.

7:21pm Tue 29 May 12

tombliboo says...

Shame it won't be until July/August - a lot of mums take preschoolers there when it's quieter, as someone says above it's actually better to have communal pools as many people will use these rather than get their own out at home.

Glad they didn't go for an artificial beach (I presume that means a sandpit) - I can imagine that being a huge litter tray for cats/dogs/foxes!!
Shame it won't be until July/August - a lot of mums take preschoolers there when it's quieter, as someone says above it's actually better to have communal pools as many people will use these rather than get their own out at home. Glad they didn't go for an artificial beach (I presume that means a sandpit) - I can imagine that being a huge litter tray for cats/dogs/foxes!! tombliboo

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