THE four paddling pools in Conwy county are to re-open next year after refurbishment work.

Conwy County Borough Council said it has “invested heavily” in the pools this year to ensure their future is secure, though delays have been caused by supply issues and wet weather.

Cllr Aaron Wynne, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said “Given the poor weather this August and the level of repairs that have been needed, the work has taken longer than anticipated. 

“The paddling pools normally close at the end of September and, to avoid further uncertainty, we have taken the decision not to re-open the pools this year, which will allow all the work to be completed to the highest standard.

“This has been a major investment to secure the long-term future of these much-loved community assets.

“All four pools will re-open at the start of next season, fully refurbished for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.”

At Llanfairfechan, work has been carried out on the expansion joints, on the damaged and worn access steps and the perimeter footpaths, and there have also been upgrades to the incoming water supply. 

The walkway at Penmaenmawr has been refurbished, as well as work carried out on the pool base and material below.

Craig-y-Don and Rhos-on-Sea’s paddling pools have required more substantial work, due to a number of structural issues. 

At Craig-y-Don, work is continuing on the joints to make sure the new coating is not affected by historical movement and cracking.

Once completed, the joints can be filled and the surfaces smoothed before the new safety surface is applied.

At Rhos-on-Sea, the council commissioned a structural engineer due to problems with penetrating ground water.

The defective concrete slabs have been fully exposed so that the required repairs can be confirmed and then carried out. 

Once this work is complete, the new safety surface coating can be applied.

Cllr Wynne added: “I’d like to reassure residents that we’re committed to getting the work completed at all four sites for the benefit of those living and visiting our county. 

“Whilst we understand the disappointment caused this year, we are pleased that we have been able to invest to protect the future of all four of our paddling pools and look forward to opening them again next year.”