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What Do You Want to Happen to Hilsea Lido Splash Pool?

Published: 28th April 2010 21:49

The group campaigning to save the Hilsea Lido and take over the running of the Splash Pool are reeling from a decision made by Portsmouth City Council to keep the splash pool closed this year to rebuild a new facility.

The Hilsea Lido Pool for the People, believe that the future of this popular facility should be discussed by the people who enjoy using this splashpool.

Vice Chair, Sabrina Richardson said, "We very concerned and worked very hard to be in a position to manage it this year and just when we got all our paperwork together, and there were no more issues to address, PCC decreed that the splashpool was "life expired"!

The HLPP want your views: Should the existing splashpool be repaired or should there be the provision of a new splash area like those in Southsea?

Sabrina said, "These new splash areas do not have anyone managing the site, the water is untreated and so these have lower annual running costs (approx £12k per year)

If, after the consultation,  the desire is to retain the splashpool, in its present form, then there needs to be further discussions how to meet the annual running costs (approx £50k per annum) and the cost of improvements so it has a sustainable future."

Sabrina Added, "The danger is that it closes and there is no replacement facility planned."

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vicandlol
At 09:40 on 29th April 2010, vicandlol commented:
As a young mother with a small baby I was looking forward to using the splashpool this summer with it being right on our doorstop so I'm shocked to see the council are keeping it closed! The new pool in Southsea is great for bugger babes and toddlers but my baby won't benefit from it until at least next year if not the following! Where there is water someone should be present to monitor the use and safety around, as an ex-holiday rep I have witnessed too many accidents in and around water that is unsupervised and water not monitored! Please rethink the strategy - stop remarking the eastern road and use the funds for the lido!!!
Vicki Redmond
vicandlol
At 09:41 on 29th April 2010, vicandlol commented:
Bigger not bugger
pingpong
At 15:56 on 29th April 2010, pingpong commented:
I loved going to Hilsea Lido when i was younger so i think it would be a great shame if it was to be closed down. Very local for alot of children. Keep it open!
navyman
At 19:30 on 29th April 2010, navyman commented:
Hello all,
When you describe the splash pool, do you mean what we used to call the paddling pool between the Blue Lagoon Cafe and London Road? When I was a child I spent many happy summer afternoons there whilst my Mother soaked up the sun! Once I had learned to swim, (Thanks to Harry Lee, the headmaster of Northern Parade Junior School, who used to take us to the city pool near the Guildhall once a week in his own time before school in order to teach us. A fine Gentleman). I was able to use the big pool, with that diving board which scared me witless!
I was so pleased to read that the Lido was being rescued and thank all the volunteers who have given up so much of their time. I really do hope that PCC see sense and are not planning to destroy another piece of Pompey. The Lido is a unique corner of the island and should be saved at all cost. It's Japanese style use of the moat, hire paddle boats and larger rowing boats for the 'grown ups', beautiful willow trees, anyone remember the roller skating rink? The miniature railway was a big treat and the whole area was a huge playground for us young ones.
Good luck to all you 'Lido Savers'.
My very best wishes,
Guy Rogers, (Bristol).
koko
At 15:01 on 30th April 2010, koko commented:
hi all i can remember using the lido when i was younger my mates and me used to get season ticket 21shillings in the sixties.mr young was in charge.we would run him around .one person would get the key for 20m board all the rest would go to the other boards.say5 on top two on the lower boards,mr young would blow his whistle and clear the 15 foot part.the two L shape bits would fill with people to watch.the trick was to fold your leggs up as you went in the water the splash would go about 15 feet in the air and everbody would get soaked ,mr young would go mad .ops sorry but good fun if you were 15 or 16 .the lido and all boating lakes have been for many years been loseing money for the pcc with them not spending any money on it.about time they did ,good luck lido savers.bob short
Freda
At 21:13 on 1st May 2010, Freda commented:
Splash Pool? What splash? What pool? I saw this much vaunted Splash Pool in Southsea today. It is a large,shallow, concrete dish with blue paint around the edge, with a few short and a few longer fountains with less water coming out of them than there is in your garden hosepipe. Very safe in that you won't drown but not a lot of fun if you fall over as young children do. The children I saw running through the water today were about ten or twelve so if no one will be managing the site I suppose mums and dads of the younger ones the "splash pool" is meant for will have to be in the wet with the little ones. How, please, can a three year old learn confidence if he/she is required to hold mum's/dad's hand all the time?
Taisie
At 00:19 on 8th May 2011, Taisie commented:
May 8th 2011 - What a total disaster. The Canoe Lake splash pool is fenced off and out of action already. Its not even a year old. It looks like it is 20 years old. Who said it was maintenance free and would be cheaper to run than the paddling pool at Hilsea. Both the pools in Southsea have shown that they are totally useless for young children and are only catering for 8 years up.

Give us back our paddling pool that has served Pompey residents well for the past 50 years that I know of. it can pay for itself if they rent out sunbeds and have a refreshment stall in there. I am sure parents wouldn't mind paying £1 entrance fee as long as the children go free. Lets see the paddle boats, putting green, roller skating rink etc., back there as well as pretty coloured lights back on the bridge. Wouldn't it be nice to have the entrance arch back too. My friends dad use to be Parky up there for years until he died of cancer. He had a little hut on the putting green on the other side of the lake. The only bad thing about Hilsea were the tramps that use to lerk in the lines but I should think they are gone now.
Taisie
At 00:20 on 8th May 2011, Taisie commented:
May 8th 2011 - What a total disaster. The Canoe Lake splash pool is fenced off and out of action already. Its not even a year old. It looks like it is 20 years old. Who said it was maintenance free and would be cheaper to run than the paddling pool at Hilsea. Both the pools in Southsea have shown that they are totally useless for young children and are only catering for 8 years up.

Give us back our paddling pool that has served Pompey residents well for the past 50 years that I know of. it can pay for itself if they rent out sunbeds and have a refreshment stall in there. I am sure parents wouldn't mind paying £1 entrance fee as long as the children go free. Lets see the paddle boats, putting green, roller skating rink etc., back there as well as pretty coloured lights back on the bridge. Wouldn't it be nice to have the entrance arch back too. My friends dad use to be Parky up there for years until he died of cancer. He had a little hut on the putting green on the other side of the lake. The only bad thing about Hilsea were the tramps that use to lerk in the lines but I should think they are gone now.
Taisie
At 00:20 on 8th May 2011, Taisie commented:
May 8th 2011 - What a total disaster. The Canoe Lake splash pool is fenced off and out of action already. Its not even a year old. It looks like it is 20 years old. Who said it was maintenance free and would be cheaper to run than the paddling pool at Hilsea. Both the pools in Southsea have shown that they are totally useless for young children and are only catering for 8 years up.

Give us back our paddling pool that has served Pompey residents well for the past 50 years that I know of. it can pay for itself if they rent out sunbeds and have a refreshment stall in there. I am sure parents wouldn't mind paying £1 entrance fee as long as the children go free. Lets see the paddle boats, putting green, roller skating rink etc., back there as well as pretty coloured lights back on the bridge. Wouldn't it be nice to have the entrance arch back too. My friends dad use to be Parky up there for years until he died of cancer. He had a little hut on the putting green on the other side of the lake. The only bad thing about Hilsea were the tramps that use to lerk in the lines but I should think they are gone now.
Taisie
At 00:20 on 8th May 2011, Taisie commented:
May 8th 2011 - What a total disaster. The Canoe Lake splash pool is fenced off and out of action already. Its not even a year old. It looks like it is 20 years old. Who said it was maintenance free and would be cheaper to run than the paddling pool at Hilsea. Both the pools in Southsea have shown that they are totally useless for young children and are only catering for 8 years up.

Give us back our paddling pool that has served Pompey residents well for the past 50 years that I know of. it can pay for itself if they rent out sunbeds and have a refreshment stall in there. I am sure parents wouldn't mind paying £1 entrance fee as long as the children go free. Lets see the paddle boats, putting green, roller skating rink etc., back there as well as pretty coloured lights back on the bridge. Wouldn't it be nice to have the entrance arch back too. My friends dad use to be Parky up there for years until he died of cancer. He had a little hut on the putting green on the other side of the lake. The only bad thing about Hilsea were the tramps that use to lerk in the lines but I should think they are gone now.
Taisie
At 18:34 on 16th May 2011, Taisie commented:
I have just had to throw out all the inflatable toys I bought my grandkids. They use to have so much fun on their catapillar and in their little boat. There is nowhere to use them now that the paddling pool has gone. The sea is too dangerous. I must admit that I shed a few tears as the lid on the bin closed. What are we doing to our children?????
Freda
At 22:32 on 16th May 2011, Freda commented:
We are trying to do the best that we are able for our children Taisie and so are the group of people who have put so much time, money and effort into keeping Hilsea Lido as a going concern for the people of Portsmouth. Why did "The Council" allow Hilsea Lido to become so run down? Why did "The Council" wait until all the paperwork was in place before deciding that the paddling pool was time expired? Why was Health & Safety at Hilsea Lido applied to the point that families could not use the facility if there were too many children with Mum? Said parents had already shown their competence to care for the children they had as they had already travelled safely to Hilsea Lido.

It would be helpful if "The Council" did not keep changing the names used for what they are talking about. When is a paddling pool a splash pool? What is a paddling pool? It used to be understood that it is a shallow level based pool of perhaps six or eight inches of water for tiny tots to safely play in with Mum close by. A splash pool is, it appears, an area where there are various jets of water of different heights rising into the air. The only splash is when the water hits the concrete on its way down and there is no pool. It can not be considered a safe place for tiny tots to be.
Taisie
At 22:50 on 16th May 2011, Taisie commented:
I think the HLPP is doing a very good job regarding the main swimming pool. However, I think the mums of Pompey need to get together to organise a special campaign showing that we want a an actual paddling pool for our kids and not a lump of tarmac with hose pipes stuck out of it. Anybody know the quickest way to gain support for this please
Taisie
At 22:50 on 16th May 2011, Taisie commented:
I think the HLPP is doing a very good job regarding the main swimming pool. However, I think the mums of Pompey need to get together to organise a special campaign showing that we want a an actual paddling pool for our kids and not a lump of tarmac with hose pipes stuck out of it. Anybody know the quickest way to gain support for this please
Freda
At 22:42 on 19th May 2011, Freda commented:
HLPP have been told that, "The people want a splash pool" Judging by the comments I have seen and heard there are a great many people who were not asked. As it seems that Splash Pool and Paddling Pool are names that are now interchange- able - in spite of the fact that there is no pool at a splash pool - it is no surprise that the cheaper no maintenance option was chosen for the people of Portsmouth by the local authority.

I have an email address for you Taisie or anyone else who would like to help in making the facilities at Hilsea Lido better for local people. The email address you need is:-
info@hilsea-lido.org.uk.

Did you read or hear about the event that is being held at Hilsea Lido on Saturday next to raise funds? There was an event at The Blue Lagoon last Saturday too but I did not hear about that one.
Heidilewis1990
At 15:00 on 29th September 2013, Heidilewis1990 commented:
I think its ridiculous!! This has been there many years and when I was a lot younger we used to go there everyday in the holidays. Such a shame to close and quite disappointing as family's would benefit a whole lot more if this was open and including the bigger pool for older ones. Very sad to see it close.

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