Thornbury water park opens for the first time

SR_578_001 The new splash pad in Mundy playing fields, Thornbury (9964002)

SR_579_001 Marcia Commons with her 15 month old twins Olie and Charlie at the new Splash Pad in Thornbury (9963990)

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A NEW splash pad, a replacement for the old paddling pool, has now been opened to the public for the first time.

The new water park, consisting of 11 features, has been built on the area where the pool used to be, on Thornbury’s Mundy Playing Fields, following a public vote on whether to renovate the existing pool or build a new water park on Mundy Playing Fields in February this year.

However, many residents are annoyed by how long the project took to complete and there are also concerns that the new splash pad is not what was shown at the consultation.

The splash pad which was built for just under £120,000 and was funded through a grant of £77,000 from South Gloucestershire Council’s New Homes Bonus, with the rest being paid by Thornbury Town Council.

The new water park was installed as a replacement for the paddling pool that was on the fields, which had to be updated, but there are claims that the installation is nothing like the original proposals suggested.

Marcia Commons, 26, a full-time mother-of-five, who lives in Bath Road said: “Everyone is completely shocked, it is so disappointing. The splash pad looks nothing like the drawings we were shown at the consultation.

“I feel like we’ve been robbed. The money could’ve been spent on something far better; this is not what we expected at all.

"What's the point in having something that's used mainly by the kids open right at the end of the school holidays?

Siobhan Wright wrote that the splash pad was a waste of money and that "for that price they could have done more than putting up a glorified shower."

Independent Cllr Graham Lanfear said that they had initially hoped to have the splash pad up and running for the start of the school holidays:

“The paddling pool that was there before was coming to the end of its useful life and several people suggested the splash pad based on similar things they’d seen around the country.

“The contractors had a problem with the coating whilst putting down the concrete which meant that they had to re-do it and unfortunately that led to the splash pad taking longer than hoped".

A spokesman for Thornbury Town Council said that the weather had contributed to delays:

"We did the right thing, we could've very easily just bulldozed the paddling pool and left it like that but we consulted residents in the town and they voted in favour of building the splash pad instead of renovating the paddling pool.

"At the consultation in St Mary Centre we showed a drawing and an artists impression from the two contractors who we had contacted but at no point did anyone say that this is what would've been built.

"We had hoped to have it built by the end of July but the weather meant that that wasn't possible and in the end we put up the contractors in site so that they didn't have to travel from Wales to speed things up."

The official opening of the splash pad will take place at the site on Tuesday, September 9 at 11am.

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2:32pm Fri 5 Sep 14

KennethWelsh says...

Weasle words.

"At the consultation in St Mary Centre we showed a drawing and an artists impression from the two contractors who we had contacted but at no point did anyone say that this is what would've been built. "
Weasle words. "At the consultation in St Mary Centre we showed a drawing and an artists impression from the two contractors who we had contacted but at no point did anyone say that this is what would've been built. " KennethWelsh
  • Score: -5

4:33pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Exolvestonresident says...

Artists impressions should bear some similarity to the final product. This doesnt come close. The pool desperately neededi to be renovated and was not hygenic but this is extremely disappointing.
Artists impressions should bear some similarity to the final product. This doesnt come close. The pool desperately neededi to be renovated and was not hygenic but this is extremely disappointing. Exolvestonresident
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10:21pm Fri 5 Sep 14

a voice of many says...

I would just like to ad, it was in Violet Mundays will that left the Munday playing fields to the community.

The Mundy Playing fields and other bequests

In token of her interest in, and affection for Thornbury she had announced in 1937 that she would give the Parish Council £6000 for the provision of a recreational park or pleasure ground for the town. At the suggestion of her solicitor, Mr Wicks, she bought the Close and Coldstones fields and The Close House to enable them to be used for these purposes. The purchase of Close House was necessary because there was a restrictive covenant preventing the use of the two fields as a recreational ground or playing field in favour of Close House. Mr Wicks advised Mrs Mundy that this restriction could be removed if the Parish Council owned the house as well as the fields and that they could then resell the house without the covenant if it was not needed for other purposes.

The Parish Council were very grateful to Mrs Mundy and they were allowed to use the fields during the remaining years of Mrs Mundy's life at a small annual rent. Following Violet's death in 1943 her will instructed that her trustees should give the properties to the Parish Council. As they were valued at the time of her purchase at £2530 for the fields and £2000 for Close House, the remainder of the £6000 was made up as a cash endowment to be used for the laying out and maintenance of the park to be called 'The Mundy Recreation Park and Pleasure Ground'.

The original idea was to use The Close House as a pavilion and a recreation centre (a public library was also suggested in one newspaper article) and to build a swimming pool in its grounds using the water from the stream running through the fields. However the Parish Council decided to build a pavilion nearer the football pitch and tennis courts.

Thornbury should have the rights to a pool, as instructed by Violet Munday's will. And there for we the public should be greatful to Mrs Munday for doing so. This doesn't mean we should be thankful to Thornbury town council for providing an inadequate splash pad that looks incomplete. We all pay our Taxes and there for it belongs to us the community.

So for the town council to say that that could of just bulldozed it down, surely that would of been going against a dead woman's wishes.
I would just like to ad, it was in Violet Mundays will that left the Munday playing fields to the community. The Mundy Playing fields and other bequests In token of her interest in, and affection for Thornbury she had announced in 1937 that she would give the Parish Council £6000 for the provision of a recreational park or pleasure ground for the town. At the suggestion of her solicitor, Mr Wicks, she bought the Close and Coldstones fields and The Close House to enable them to be used for these purposes. The purchase of Close House was necessary because there was a restrictive covenant preventing the use of the two fields as a recreational ground or playing field in favour of Close House. Mr Wicks advised Mrs Mundy that this restriction could be removed if the Parish Council owned the house as well as the fields and that they could then resell the house without the covenant if it was not needed for other purposes. The Parish Council were very grateful to Mrs Mundy and they were allowed to use the fields during the remaining years of Mrs Mundy's life at a small annual rent. Following Violet's death in 1943 her will instructed that her trustees should give the properties to the Parish Council. As they were valued at the time of her purchase at £2530 for the fields and £2000 for Close House, the remainder of the £6000 was made up as a cash endowment to be used for the laying out and maintenance of the park to be called 'The Mundy Recreation Park and Pleasure Ground'. The original idea was to use The Close House as a pavilion and a recreation centre (a public library was also suggested in one newspaper article) and to build a swimming pool in its grounds using the water from the stream running through the fields. However the Parish Council decided to build a pavilion nearer the football pitch and tennis courts. Thornbury should have the rights to a pool, as instructed by Violet Munday's will. And there for we the public should be greatful to Mrs Munday for doing so. This doesn't mean we should be thankful to Thornbury town council for providing an inadequate splash pad that looks incomplete. We all pay our Taxes and there for it belongs to us the community. So for the town council to say that that could of just bulldozed it down, surely that would of been going against a dead woman's wishes. a voice of many
  • Score: 13

10:25pm Fri 5 Sep 14

a voice of many says...

Also, to another statment in the paper(online) providing a free service to Thornbury I would like to add we are/have paid for this one way or another... Just because no-one is stood at the gate taking your money, does not mean there not getting it.
Also, to another statment in the paper(online) providing a free service to Thornbury I would like to add we are/have paid for this one way or another... Just because no-one is stood at the gate taking your money, does not mean there not getting it. a voice of many
  • Score: 6

6:56pm Tue 9 Sep 14

red matt says...

So what was it an artist's impression of then?! I know, let's show them an artist's impression of something really good that they will really embrace so that we don't have to renovate the pool and theeeennnnn tadaaaa.
So what was it an artist's impression of then?! I know, let's show them an artist's impression of something really good that they will really embrace so that we don't have to renovate the pool and theeeennnnn tadaaaa. red matt
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11:50pm Thu 11 Sep 14

Checkflaps says...

What a crock of s..t. This had the opportunity to be so much better. When the kids can splash about, then bimble to the ice cream van, eat said ice cream, then return to the 'water park' before the features spring into life again - then perhaps it should be seen that the 'feature' is somewhat lacking! To add that 'the weather' has been against them over the summer, I think (as one who works in the construction industry) that the summer has been somewhat better than average and it should have been completed prior to the start of the school summer holidays - poor form! So when is phase 2 of the scheme due?
What a crock of s..t. This had the opportunity to be so much better. When the kids can splash about, then bimble to the ice cream van, eat said ice cream, then return to the 'water park' before the features spring into life again - then perhaps it should be seen that the 'feature' is somewhat lacking! To add that 'the weather' has been against them over the summer, I think (as one who works in the construction industry) that the summer has been somewhat better than average and it should have been completed prior to the start of the school summer holidays - poor form! So when is phase 2 of the scheme due? Checkflaps
  • Score: 0
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