Where's Our Paddling Pool?
The Mid Sussex times has
reported recently that Mid Sussex district
council have been awarded £121,000 from
central government in order to improve three
outdoor playing facilities. East Grinstead
and Ardingly have been identified as recipients
of the funding, but the most interesting use
of the money is the £45k that will go
towards the £112k that the council want
to spend on replacing the paddling pool in
Victoria Park, Haywards Heath with a fancy
A key aim of Mid Sussex District Council is
to develop a healthy lifestyle, and a facility
such as the new fancy paddling pool will enable
young people to get fit, be active and to
socialise with other children. The water facility
in Haywards Heath is free to use.
This is an example
of what the new splashpad could look like.
It's all very well and good for Haywards Heath
to benefit from the councils money, but what
about Burgess Hill?
Anyone over the age of 15 will probably remember
the Swim Centre in St Johns Park, it featured
an outdoor 25 metre swimming pool, overlooked
by a sunbathing area and a smaller circular
paddling pool. Whilst this facility wasn't
free, it was rather cheap and perfect for
families to enjoy during the warmer weather.
Sadly, the Swim Centre
was closed when its services along with that
of the Sydney West Centre were combined and
made into the Triangle Leisure Centre on the
edge of town. The new sports centre isn't
known for having family friendly prices.
So Haywards Heath essentially
gets a new water facility to replace an old
one, and Burgess Hill gets nothing. £121k
is a huge amount of money. Why don't the council
spend half the amount and just smarten up
the paddling pool in Haywards Heath and in
turn, Burgess Hill can also have a no thrills
paddling pool installed in St Johns park.
Children don't need fancy water fountains
and pressure sensitive jets, they have their
If one needs to get petty
about it, Victoria Park has just had a new
skate park installed, so surely it's now St
Johns Park turn to have some money spent on
Research has thrown up
a picture of a paddling pool in St Johns Park
Thankfully, Burgess Hill
Councillor Anne Jones is aware of the former
free water facility and has been making some
noise about Burgess Hill families deserving
a paddling pool back in St Johns Park. Anne
is a very proactive councillor, with her on
the case, Burgess Hill is sure to get a half
The council have said
a public enquiry will take place in 2010 regarding
the new paddling pool in Victoria Park. Lets
hope that when the enquiry begins, it will
be about a paddling pool for Burgess Hill.
you like to see a new water facility in St Johns
Park? Is it wrong for the council to ignore
Burgess Hill's need in favour of Haywards Heath?
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