Calls to save paddling pools

The paddling pool on the Headland
The paddling pool on the Headland

COUNCILLORS have appealed for paddling pools to be kept open despite ongoing cuts to council budgets.

One of the key recommendations from the scrutiny investigation into the management of the coastline in Hartlepool, was that the Headland and Seaton Carew paddling pools should be kept open despite Hartlepool Borough Council needing to slash a further £14m over the next three years.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, who chairs the cabinet committee, said: “It would be difficult to guarantee that there won’t be cuts to the paddling pool service.”

Labour councillor Stephen Thomas, who chaired the investigation committee, said: “I fully accept that and we fully acknowledge the financial constraints, but we would put that plea so that it is at least taken into account.”

Members of the neighbourhood services scrutiny forum have also called for the Brus Tunnel, in West View Road, to be permanently closed to stop vehicles getting onto the beach and to prevent anti-social behaviour.

Councillors said the next step would be to work with residents, Hartlepool Police, Network Rail and council officers.

The investigation looked at everything from paddling pools, to lifeguard cover, public events, and dog control orders.

Cabinet members approved an action plan to put more emphasis on promoting special interest siteas such as RSPB Saltholme and to use social networking sites to promote events in Hartlepool.

Other recommendations include the council working with businesses to encourage more investment in sites along the coastline and to resurrect the Seaton Carew Residents’ Action Group.