One of Wales’ largest outdoor pools was closed yesterday with “immediate effect” and it won’t open to the public until summer 2022.
The popular Llandudno paddling pool was shut after Conwy County Council officials conducted an assessment, after the public raised concerns about the colour of the water.
It’s understood a “green algae” like substance has appeared which may be due to higher water temperature and the increased light brought by the recent warm spell.
Officials from the council’s Ffit Conwy team confirmed the site’s early closure: “Following comments from the public, we have carried out an in-depth assessment at the paddling pool in Llandudno today.
“This paddling pool is now closed to the general public and will re-open in the summer 2022.”
The county’s other outdoor pools won’t close until next Monday, September 20.
Many residents raised their concerns and posted pictures of the Llandudno pool before yesterday’s shutdown was confirmed.
On the “You know you are from Llandudno if you…” Facebook group residents have been posting comments and memes through the summer comparing it to the “Rio Olympics 2016 pool all over again”.
One man wrote: “If the local authority don’t take the time and effort to keep it chemically treated during the summer months, it will become much like the boating pond on West Shore, full of bird poop”
Another woman said: “Glad action has been taken but, I fear far too late.
“There was no maintaining of the facilities otherwise all of this could have been avoided.
“Considering we are still very much living with a deadly virus I was surprised, but more disappointed that the paddling pool was allowed to get so bad.”
This is not the first time Llandudno paddling pool has hit the headlines.
Earlier this year children had their trunks and costumes dyed a strange hue after pool paint melted in the heat.
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