Splash park not needed

First published in Letters

Sir – With reference to your article about the proposed splash park in Witney (Gazette, June 25), I recently saw for myself the condition of the paddling pool at The Leys and I am dismayed that West Oxfordshire District Council feels it appropriate to provide a grant of £45,000 towards replacing it with a splash park.

The town council’s modus operandi of late seems to be to render a facility unusable on safety grounds and then to suggest a disproportionate amount of time, money and public consultation is required to replace it or make it usable once again (see the Corn Exchange fiasco).

These situations are most likely the result of the council’s inability to carry out a satisfactory maintenance works programme.

The total cost of £200,000 seems an extraordinary amount of money to replace something that was perfectly adequate for years and still has years of use left in it if maintained properly.

So, my view would be to mend the broken slabs, give the paddling pool a lick of paint, fill it with water and allow children to once again enjoy a perfectly good facility – and let West Oxfordshire District Council spend the £45,000 on something that really is necessary.

DAVID LEACH Taphouse Avenue Witney

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7:58pm Wed 9 Jul 14

OutToPasture says...

Starting to get the feeling that the youth of Witney aren't wanted here.

Objections to the splash park.
Objections to the "Teen" area on Madley Park.
Non existent Graffiti walls which were promised at least a year ago.
Nightlife economy has flatlined

I've never known such an anti-tween/teen town.
Starting to get the feeling that the youth of Witney aren't wanted here. Objections to the splash park. Objections to the "Teen" area on Madley Park. Non existent Graffiti walls which were promised at least a year ago. Nightlife economy has flatlined I've never known such an anti-tween/teen town. OutToPasture
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9:48pm Wed 9 Jul 14

C ARINGAROSA says...

It seems to me that there are too many extremely expensive projects going on at the same time. Surely the town council has not got enough money to be able fund all of them, and should do one project at a time, or it will soon go bankrupt. Can we please have more sense, and less stupid ego tripping by people who should know better. Would it not be possible to return the paddling pool to use until the splash park can be done and then close it down. It does seem a great pity that the children should miss out on some fun in the sun.
C. Aringarosa, Corn Street, Witney.
It seems to me that there are too many extremely expensive projects going on at the same time. Surely the town council has not got enough money to be able fund all of them, and should do one project at a time, or it will soon go bankrupt. Can we please have more sense, and less stupid ego tripping by people who should know better. Would it not be possible to return the paddling pool to use until the splash park can be done and then close it down. It does seem a great pity that the children should miss out on some fun in the sun. C. Aringarosa, Corn Street, Witney. C ARINGAROSA
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6:57pm Fri 11 Jul 14

C ARINGAROSA says...

I understand that the yobs have caused around £300 of damage to the surround of the slide at the Leys, what a smashing time they will have when that new" camp" splash park opens. Oh for the old paddling pool in concrete , they would have a job wrecking that one. If there was a problem it could be fixed very quickly , and , the children would have some water to play in again. Thank goodness we have the Lone Ranger on our side. Hi Ho Silver.
C.Aringarosa , Corn Street, Witney.
I understand that the yobs have caused around £300 of damage to the surround of the slide at the Leys, what a smashing time they will have when that new" camp" splash park opens. Oh for the old paddling pool in concrete , they would have a job wrecking that one. If there was a problem it could be fixed very quickly , and , the children would have some water to play in again. Thank goodness we have the Lone Ranger on our side. Hi Ho Silver. C.Aringarosa , Corn Street, Witney. C ARINGAROSA
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10:42am Sat 12 Jul 14

fantasticobella says...

I agree with you Out to Pasture. Anti social behaviour is as old as the town. Youths have gathered in groups and done stupid stuff in every town and village across the land. It's typical teenage behaviour and disengagement. They grow out of it and most of them grow out of it decently. If the answer is simply to live with the decaying past so there is nothing for them to be drawn to then we have given in and allowed them to win. Decay leads to more decay. And as for the old pool? I played in it as a child. Nostalgia is one thing but standing my children knee deep in unfiltered toddler piddle and broken glass just isn't my thing. Do our toddlers and older children have to be denied decent, exciting, challenging play areas and equipment because of the mindless few and some stick in the mud old fogeys? I say we take back our town for the families and children and older people who deserve some quality recreation space in their all too busy lives!
I agree with you Out to Pasture. Anti social behaviour is as old as the town. Youths have gathered in groups and done stupid stuff in every town and village across the land. It's typical teenage behaviour and disengagement. They grow out of it and most of them grow out of it decently. If the answer is simply to live with the decaying past so there is nothing for them to be drawn to then we have given in and allowed them to win. Decay leads to more decay. And as for the old pool? I played in it as a child. Nostalgia is one thing but standing my children knee deep in unfiltered toddler piddle and broken glass just isn't my thing. Do our toddlers and older children have to be denied decent, exciting, challenging play areas and equipment because of the mindless few and some stick in the mud old fogeys? I say we take back our town for the families and children and older people who deserve some quality recreation space in their all too busy lives! fantasticobella
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