By William Tomaney
THE future of Wyre Forest’s paddling pools and splash pads is set to be discussed. Plans, which will be assessed tonight by the district council’s overview and scrutiny committee, include building a new splash pad at Stourport’s Lickhill Memorial Park and moving the water park in Kidderminster’s Brinton Park to the site’s play area.
The proposals were put forward after £300,000 was allocated to splash parks in this year’s budget but the district’s paddling pools were also a topic of controversy during the summer. Parents and children were left disappointed when it was announced the Brinton Park facility would not be opened this year and the Stourport Riverside pad’s opening was delayed.
Tonight’s meeting will hear the favoured options for splash pads include providing a new facility next to Brinton Park’s play area and demolishing the old one. Plans also include providing a splash pad at Lickhill Memorial Park and transferring ownership to Stourport Town Council.
The district council will look to lease the Stourport Riverside facility to a commercial operator. If one is not found, it risks demolition. For the St George’s Park facility, the council is proposing to transfer the pump from the current Brinton Park splash pad to help repairs. The Northwood Lane park will be retained.
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