Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Totton council reverses decision on paddling pool hours

Totton paddling pool
Image caption More than 400 people signed an online petition demanding the splash pools in Totton open earlier

A decision not to open paddling pools on summer mornings in a Hampshire town has been has reversed by the council.

More than 400 people signed an online petition demanding the splash pools in Totton open from 10:00 BST.

David Harrison, the Liberal Democrat member for Totton South and Marchwood who campaigned to open the pools, called it a "victory for people power".

The additional cost of opening the facilities for two hours is about £1,500.

The expenditure still has to be agreed by the council's policy and resources committee.

Totton and Eling Town Council said in June that "current financial constraints" meant opening before 12:45 BST was too costly.

Mr Harrison said: "I am absolutely delighted that my fellow councillors have at last agreed that these facilities should be made available in the mornings.

"There is obviously a huge demand. It was a huge waste, having facilities that cost £30,000 a year to run, locked up for half the day."

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