19 June 2013

Contamination incident closes seafront paddling pool

Brighton seafront paddling pool has been closed due to a contamination incident.

Routine tests have found raised levels of bacteria in the water, which could have come from birds, dogs or humans.

The facility, next to the West Pier site, is expected to be closed until Friday – the exact time still to be confirmed. The water has been drained to enable staff to clean the pool floor and filtering systems.

Other paddling pools are available - at Hove Lagoon and Saunders Park in Brighton - and the water play facility with fountains is open near the Yellowave beach sports centre on Madeira Drive.

Council executive director Geoff Raw said:  “We’re really sorry but this is always a risk with an outdoor pool.  It’s extremely bad luck that the incident coincides with what could be some of the warmest weather of the year so far.

"We’ll work to get it open as soon as possible and in the meantime we’re reminding families there are other places where children can have a splash-about.”