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Final call to save under-threat Tettenhall Pool

By Annabal Bagdi | Tettenhall | News | Published:

Final calls have been issued to families to help save Tettenhall Pool, which is at risk of closing for good.

Tettenhall Pool could close for good

The popular open-air pool might never reopen if council proposals to create a new outdoor gym are supported by residents.

But families have only until tonight to let Labour-led Wolverhampton Council know if they want new exercise equipment instead of re-opening the Upper Green landmark.

Conservative Councillor Jonathan Yardley, who represents the Tettenhall Regis ward, said: "It's part of our heritage, nobody wants that to be derelict.

"I think it's terrible, not just for the people of Tettenhall, but for the people of Wolverhampton, because this part of Tettenhall is well known throughout the city and the region for being a beautiful place, and a place that attracts thousands of visitors in the summer.

"It's unacceptable. Not a single person has come up to me and said 'it's a good idea'."

Improvements

The council wants to use about £180,000, from companies who have recently built new residential developments in the area, to improve Upper Green and Penk Rise.

Residents are being asked to consider replacing the apparatus and pipework of Tettenhall Pool, or installing the new equipment, alongside a pathway to link the pool and car park to an existing route.

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The pool at Tettenhall’s Upper Green closed at the end of the summer season on September 11.

But council staff were told the pool’s water treatment and pumping systems are ‘beyond serviceable life expectancy’ and no longer comply with legislation and guidance.

Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment, said: “As a council, we have a duty to ensure our open space facilities are safe to use and meet the needs of residents and visitors.

"I strongly encourage residents and visitors to Tettenhall to have their say in our consultation, to help us make the right choice on improving two of our most-loved beauty spots in the city.”

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Repairs

A council spokesperson said further discussions would need to take place to seek funding to repair and operate the paddling pool if the gym equipment is chosen as the preferred option.

Without repairs, it would only be possible to open the pool for a limited time but proposed work could provide a further 20-year lifespan.

The council is also looking to carry out a complete upgrade of the children’s play area at Penk Rise, with plans to increase its size.

More ‘modern and vibrant’ play equipment would be brought in, as well as facilities so children of all physical abilities could play together.

Existing surfacing and fencing would be replaced, with new colourful rubber safety surfacing under the equipment.

The online consultation will end at 11.59pm tonight. View the consultation here.

Annabal Bagdi

By Annabal Bagdi
@AnnabalB_Star

Senior reporter based at head office in Wolverhampton.

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