Conwy’s four paddling pools will not reopen until next year, a politician has claimed.

Aberconwy MS Janet Finch-Saunders says she has been told that the attractions will now remain closed until the next holiday season.

The Tory politician has now branded the council’s handling of the maintenance of the pools as “an absolute disgrace”.

Conwy County Council came under fire in April after it announced that paddling pools in Craig-y-Don in Llandudno, Rhos-on-Sea, Llanfairfechan, and Penmaenmawr would not re-open in 2023, due to a high risk of people slipping.

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The authority said the only UK provider who could install the specialist anti-slip coating needed was unable to complete the work due to ill health.


Janet Finch-Saunders MS

Janet Finch-Saunders MS


Then in May, the council said an alternative contractor had been found.

But the work has still not been completed, and the summer holidays have now been and gone with children set to return to school next week.

Aberconwy MS Janet Finch-Saunders said: “This whole scenario has been an absolute shambles, a fiasco.

“It is time for the council and the leader Cllr Charlie McCoubrey and the cabinet member whose watch this is happened on, Cllr Aaron Wynne, to explain to people how on earth it can be that these paddling pools, which have been there for years, decades, have been left in the way they have.

“I’ve been there, to the one in Craig y Don. I met the contractor, and I’ve been told it won’t be open now till next year.

“I’ve spoken to the head of tourism, Sarah Ecob, and even said to her ‘make an announcement; make a statement. Don’t leave everybody in limbo’.

“The cafe owners (cafes leased from the council at the paddling pools) have a contract.

“They signed that contract thinking the pools would be full this summer.”

She added: “They’ve been badly let down, and I hope the county council, their landlord, go easy on them now for rent because one would expect compensation because of the way they’ve been treated. It is an absolute disgrace.

“They were told the pools would be filled, and they have lost a lot of their business.”

A Conwy County Council spokeswoman commented: “Work is continuing on the four paddling pools.”