Work to improve Bideford’s paddling pool and Westward Ho! cricket pitch fencing is set to be complete in time for the summer season.

Work is set to begin this week to refurbish Bideford’s paddling pool in Victoria Park and fencing at Westward Ho! cricket pitch.

The pool will see contractors digging up and replacing all the pipework that supplies the pools water as well as the installation of a new water storage tank and water injection points.

A follow on phase 2 will include re-rendering of the pool’s surface and edges to include a flexible and anti slip sealant.

All of this will help to improve the overall condition of the bathing water, make the pool safer and help to reduce running costs.

The fencing at Westward Ho! cricket pitch.The fencing at Westward Ho! cricket pitch.

In Westward Ho! the council will also be replacing around 140 metres of timber fence and repairing concrete posts along the boundary of the cricket pitch and golf links road.

As well as improving the functionality of the fence it will also improve the outward appearance of the facility in this important tourist location.

Councillor Phil Pennington, lead member for community, culture and leisure, said: “Both these facilities will look much fresher and rejuvenated after these works have been completed and will be ready well ahead of the busy summer season.

“The Bideford paddling pool is a favourite with families and children in the summer and is often very crowded when the sun shines over the town.

“As well as making the whole set-up smarter and safer, the refurbishments should pay for themselves in reduced running costs and see the facilities safeguarded for future generations to use.”