Council approves £270k repair costs for Splash World - but now say resort attraction won’t be open until autumn

Council approves £270k repair costs for Splash World - but now say resort attraction won’t be open until autumn

by Tom Martin (June 2022)

SPLASH World will miss the busy summer period after the Council backtracked on its hoped-for August opening date and instead revealed a new provisional target date of October.

The Champion reported last week how the local authority was in a race against time to reopen the doors to Splash World to capitalise on the summer holidays and get a much-needed revenue boost.

However, at a meeting on Thursday, June 23, a provisional reopening date of October was put forward.

The council has also approved a repairs  bill of £270,000, which needs to be carried out before it can reopen. The money is from a loan and will be paid back through income generated from  Splash World at a rate of £30,818 per year.

Splash World was temporarily closed in December 2019 in order for the building to undergo essential maintenance and refurbishment works.

Some of the issues included  tiles coming detached from the pool wall and floor, parts of the concrete flume tower staircase failing and failures in the steel frame coating (paint) system.

However due to the Covid-19 pandemic’s huge impact on the construction sector, these works were set back.

Following the meeting, Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Cabinet approved an additional £270,000 towards the completion of these essential works and I am delighted that we are getting closer to welcoming everyone back to Splash World.

“I would like to take this opportunity to place on record my thanks to our various teams and contractors, who have been working extremely hard to ensure these essential maintenance works have been carried out efficiently and effectively, so that we can all once again don our swimming trunks and enjoy this wonderful all weather facility.

“I’d also like to thank all of our Dunes Leisure Centre users who have remained patient and understanding while potentially noisy works have been carried out adjacent to where they exercise.”

The allocation of £270,000 is subject to approval at the next meeting of Full Council.

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