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WATCH: Tettenhall Pool work explained as water finally flowing again

By Annabal Bagdi | Tettenhall | News | Published:

Water is finally trickling into Tettenhall Pool as the popular spot remains closed at the start of the school summer break.

Alex Heap fills Tettenhall Pool in preparation for when it opens in August

Workers have been at the pool for 10 weeks installing a new filtration system and pipes and it is now on track to reopen on August 1.

But it means school pupils across Wolverhampton will be unable to enjoy their usual dip in the open-air pool after finishing for their summer break on Friday.

WATCH: Tettenhall Pool work explained

Tettenhall Pool upgrade explained

A Wolverhampton Council spokesperson said: "Tettenhall Pool is filling up in readiness for the reopening next month.

"We are reminding members of the public the pool is not in use during this time as chemical treatment takes place.

"We are pleased the works are on track and look forward to the reopening on August 1.”

The pool at Tettenhall’s Upper Green usually opens during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May and shuts soon after youngsters go back to school in September.

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But council staff were told the pool’s water treatment and pumping systems no longer complied with legislation and guidance and needed a revamp after closing on September 11 last year.

Mark O'Sullivan with the new pump equipment at the pool

A timetable of works was later agreed with contractor William Gough and work started in May, with the council saying it would attempt to re-open the pool at the "earliest opportunity".

As part of the work a new filtration system has been put in, around 100 metres of new pipework has been laid and the pumphouse has been extended.

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Previously there were only two filtration tanks but a third has now been added and all three should last for the next 30 years.

The process of filling the pool up again began on Wednesday and was expected to be completed on Friday or Saturday before the water is tested.

A new filtration system has been installed at the pool

Tettenhall Pool was at risk of closing for good after the council said it would either repair it or create an outdoor gym.

It came as part of proposals to use about £180,000, from companies who recently built new residential developments in the area, to improve Upper Green and Penk Rise.

But more than 95 per cent of the 3,796 responses to the public consultation rejected plans for the gym and decided to save Tettenhall Pool.

A new path will also be installed to link the pool and car park to the existing path, which runs across the green, and there will be a revamp of Penk Rise children’s play area.

Annabal Bagdi

By Annabal Bagdi
@AnnabalB_Star

Senior reporter based at head office in Wolverhampton. Get in touch on 01902 319 229 or at annabal.bagdi@expressandstar.co.uk

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