Vandals force paddling pool closure


Pic: EBC

The  paddling pool in Eastleigh’s Fleming Park, which has been hugely popular during the current heatwave, will be closed for repairs this Wednesday (11 July) following vandalism to a recently laid surface.

Over the weekend vandals tore up the pool’s rubber crumb lining and, while the current condition of the facility doesn’t present a hazard to users, the maintenance team will be working hard to ensure it re-opens in time for the weekend – and is in good shape for the school summer holidays.

Borough Council officers and Places Leisure Eastleigh leisure centre operators, Places for People, who maintain the attraction, hope that the repairs should be completed within a day.

The pool, which can be found just off Passfield Avenue, near the play area, is free to use. Once repaired, it will be open as usual from 10am to 7pm every day until the first weekend of September.

Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee, Councillor Paul Bicknell, said:

“It is a real shame that the Fleming Park paddling pool, which has been enjoyed by so many users during the current heatwave, has been closed by an act of vandalism. It beggars belief that people want to destroy something that is funded by local tax payers for the benefit of the community, and that families are denied use of this wonderful facility.  I can’t understand what satisfaction these mindless people get from such destruction – and I’d urge anyone with any information to contact the police.”