Walmer Paddling Pool Statement
Dover District Council and Your Leisure have been working hard to find a way to safely open Walmer Paddling Pool in line with the guidance from the government and Swim England. Unfortunately, this has not been possible, and we’ve taken the difficult decision not to open this season.
We know this is disappointing but the need for social distancing and strict hygiene measures would be impractical in such a small facility. Put simply, the strict limitations and restrictions that would need to be put in place would take away any enjoyment of using the pool.
Under the guidance, the required safe space for each bather is 6m² per person. This would limit the pool’s capacity to just 27 people. Along with the accompanying COVID-secure protocols, this would simply not be viable. We would also have to put in place similar restrictions for the surrounding green space.
On top of these challenges, we were unable to undertake any of the normal preparatory and maintenance works for re-opening during the lockdown.
Kevin Fordham, Managing Director of Your Leisure said: “This is not a decision Dover District Council and Your Leisure have taken lightly. Walmer Paddling Pool is a popular community venue and we’re so disappointed that Your Leisure is not able to reopen the pool this summer. Despite working tirelessly to come up with a viable solution to get Walmer Paddling Pool operational for the summer, the challenges were just too great.”
DDC and Your Leisure continue to work in partnership to safely re-open our leisure facilities as soon as possible. Tides Leisure Centre in Deal re-opened on 3 August with a restricted service for members only. The health and wellbeing of customers and staff is at the heart of all our plans.