Park picnic pool protest

CHILDREN and parents have added their voices to a growing campaign for a paddling pool in Barnstaple s Rock Park. Youngsters swapped picnic blankets for inflatable paddling pools at the special sit-in protest organised to coincide with Barnstaple Lions Cl

CHILDREN and parents have added their voices to a growing campaign for a paddling pool in Barnstaple's Rock Park.

Youngsters swapped picnic blankets for inflatable paddling pools at the special sit-in protest organised to coincide with Barnstaple Lions Club's Family Week Picnic on Monday.

Mum-of three Fiona Laing, from Sticklepath, started an on-line campaign in April because she was fed up with the parking charges at North Devon's beaches.

The Facebook campaign has since attracted 1,170 members, while an on-line petition has currently been signed by 221 people.


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It has already found support from new Barnstaple Mayor Cllr Ian Roome, who said he would ensure the idea is discussed by a new joint working committee for Rock Park.

Hundreds of families enjoyed the Family Week Picnic in Rock Park.

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The venue was selected as one of just eight flagship events in the country. All sorts of entertainment was put on, including Punch & Judy and children's races.

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