Rhondda Cynon Taf: Treorchy pool vandalism
A Rhondda paddling pool will be able to re-open despite a recent incident of vandalism.
In the morning of Monday, August 2, access was gained to the paddling pool in Ystradfechan Park in Treorchy and oil was poured into the water.
Broken glass was left in the area and a gazebo was taken in the incident and police are investigating.
A slip test was needed to see if the pool could re-open and it passed the test which took place on Thursday, August 5.
Speaking before the test, Natalie Ball from the Friends of Treorchy Park said: “We’re really disheartened at the moment.
“All this work goes in as volunteers and they climb over and do that.”
She said if they hadn’t passed the slip test then they would not be able to re-open.
Ms Ball said they had spent three days scrubbing the pool trying to get the oil off.
“I can’t believe it. We’ve never had any problems. The damage is horrendous.”
But she said: “People have been brilliant in their response.”
She said the Rotary club and tennis club have contributed towards new gazebos, Croft Cargo in Bradford gave a “very generous” donation and the public at the park been putting donations in a bucket since the incident.
And after the successful test she said: “We are ecstatic. Massive thanks to local businesses who have supported us so far and to the council staff and lifeguards for all their work clearing up the mess. We love Treorchy.”
She also thanked staff from Treorchy fire station for their help with the clean up.
A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “Police in the Rhondda are investigating an incident of vandalism upon the paddling pool in Ystradfechan Park.
“In the early hours of Monday 2nd August access was gained to the paddling pool area and oil was poured into the water. Broken glass was left in the area and a gazebo was taken.
“Officers are appealing for any information concerning this incident.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police, quoting reference 2100270710.”
Words: Anthony Lewis, Local Democracy Reporter
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