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Bewdley Town Council

District Council should continue to run paddling pool

By Town Clerk's Office Bewdley Town Council

Thursday, 5 January 2017

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Bewdley Town Councillors have turned down a request by Wyre Forest District Council to transfer responsibility for running the paddling pool in Riverside North Park, Bewdley.

The District Council have said that the pool would close because it costs too much money to run unless the Town Council took it on. The Chairman of the Town Council’s Policy and Resources Committee, Councillor Stephen Clee said “the Town Council is happy to take on services and responsibilities from the District Council that represent better value for money for the people of Bewdley, but we do not feel that the paddling pool meets this criteria. The pool requires significant investment to bring the facility up to an acceptable standard and the Town Council are not currently in a position to accept this liability”.

Providing recreational facilities is a non-statutory responsibility of the District Council and the Town Council have previously stated that Wyre Forest District Council should continue to provide the facility themselves, as they do in Brinton Park in Kidderminster. Nick Farress, Bewdley Town Clerk added “the Town Council have taken on several service transfers under the Localism Act including the Load Street public toilets, the green space in Load Street car park and the Wyre Hill play area and we will continue to work with the District Council on projects of mutual interest and benefit to the town. The costs involved in taking on the pool versus the potential benefits simply doesn’t stack up for us”.

The Town Council has also urged Wyre Forest District Council to work with the Friends of Riverside North Park before making any final decision on the future of the paddling pool.

 

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