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Work on-going to re-open Blackpill Lido as soon as possible

Clean-up work is well underway to re-open Blackpill Lido as soon as possible after a large quantity of cooking oil was poured into the water.


Swansea Council staff will continue to work over the weekend to ensure that when the hugely popular attraction re-opens it will be completely clean and safe for families to use.

Vandals attacked the lido overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

All the water from the lido has had to be drained and following specialist advice the basin is being chemically scrubbed and jet washed to ensure that all the oil has been removed.

Council staff are also checking and, where necessary, cleaning filters, pipework and a separate ballast tank to ensure that they are free from oil otherwise there is a risk that when the pool is refilled there will be remaining residue contaminating the water.

Only once this has been completed can the pool be refilled with chlorinated water and this takes approximately two days.

Swansea Council is hopeful the lido will reopen early next week.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: "People can rest assured that we are working as quickly as possible to get the lido up and running again as we know how popular it is with families at this time of year.

"We are as frustrated as anyone else following this mindless attack and we are sorry that the children and their parents who love the lido cannot make use of this free attraction in the current good weather.

"We are very grateful for the offers of support we have received from members of the public offering to help but this is a complex process and one that needs to be carried out by our staff.

"We are doing everything we can to make sure that lido re-opens as soon as it is safe to do so and we will continue to provide regular updates."

The council is working with police to try and identify the culprits and CCTV cameras in the Blackpill area are being examined.

Cllr Francis-Davies added: "If anyone has any information as to who is responsible then I would urge them to contact the police."

Contact Sout Wales Police on 101 quoting occurrence 1900281505.

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