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Council to act following public vote on city beauty spots

City of Wolverhampton Council is set to carry out major works to ensure Tettenhall Pool can reopen to the public - and be enjoyed for years to come.

Council to act following public vote on city beauty spots
Tettenhall Pool

The council has approximately £180,000, in developers' contributions, designated to improve public open spaces at Tettenhall Upper Green and Penk Rise.

During the re-commissioning of Tettenhall Pool for 2019, it was confirmed the water treatment and pumping systems are beyond serviceable life expectancy and no longer compliant with current legislation and guidance.

The council has been advised that the pool should not be re-opened until appropriate measures have been carried out.

It therefore identified 2 options for consideration to benefit residents of Tettenhall Upper Green, increase visitors and improve health and wellbeing in the local community.

The options were put out to public consultation, which closed on 11 January, with option 1 proving the overwhelming favourite.

Option 1 was to replace the apparatus and pipework of Tettenhall Pool. This work will enable local children to enjoy the paddling pool for many years to come, while option 2 was the installation of new outdoor gym equipment to provide residents with an opportunity to improve their health and fitness for free. A new pathway would also be installed to link the pool and car park to the existing path which runs across the green to increase local walkers and dog walkers to enjoy the site in all weathers.

The results were:

  • 97.4% of people responding to the question on the paddling pool, liked the suggestion for a major overhaul of the plant and pumping system
     
  • 22% of people responding to the question on a possible new path and fitness equipment, liked the suggestion
     
  • 95.7% of people responding to the question on preference, declared a preference for the paddling pool suggestion

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council, 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.

"Through our consultation we asked our residents to have their say and I am delighted we can now deliver what they want for their communities.

"I look forward to seeing families enjoy these two community facilities for many years to come once the works are completed."

The council suggested a complete upgrade of the existing Penk Rise children's play area, which is nearing the end of its useful lifespan and 77.2% of people responding to the question liked this idea.

The footprint of the play area will now be enlarged to accommodate modern, vibrant play equipment suitable for a wide range of ages and ability levels.

The equipment will include specially designed 'inclusive equipment' which provides both disabled and able bodied children with the opportunity to play together.

All existing surfacing and fencing will also be replaced, with new colourful rubber safety surfacing under the play equipment.

The consultation generated a total of 3,796 responses. It took place online and through paper questionnaires available at Tettenhall Library.

Project plans for both schemes are now being developed.

  • released: Thursday 17 January, 2019