Pupils ‘gut­ted’ af­ter van­dals at­tack pool

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By NICK REINIS

YOUNG­STERS have been left dev­as­tated af­ter van­dals de­stroyed their school swim­ming pool.

Pupils at St Au­gus­tine’s Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School, in Palmer­ston Road, Wood­ston, Peter­bor­ough, had been look­ing for­ward to us­ing the out­door pool dur­ing the sum­mer term. But their chances of tak­ing a cool dip, as the tem­per­a­tures rise, have been spoilt by van­dals, who scaled the school’s fences on Fri­day night and split the pool’s outer lin­ing by throw­ing goal posts into it.

Head­teacher Stephen Cox said he would have to wait and see how much it would cost to re­pair the pool be­fore de­cid­ing whether it could be fixed be­fore it is closed per­ma­nently at the end of term, for the school’s pro­posed £650,000 re-devel­op­ment.

He said: “His­tor­i­cally we’ve had quite a lot of prob­lems at the school, but since we’ve had the fence around it we haven’t had as many trou­bles as be­fore. “But this is just mind­less. “I’ve had to tell the chil­dren they are missing the last six weeks of swim­ming at the school and they are gut­ted about it.”

Mr Cox said the de­ci­sion to close the pool, which re­mains un­used for 29 weeks of the school year, had been be­cause it costs them “a for­tune” to keep it main­tained ev­ery year.

Plans, which have been sub­mit­ted to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment, would mean the space left be­hind by the pool’s clo­sure would be put to good use with the school set for a ma­jor re­vamp in­clud­ing a new hall and an ex­ten­sion to one of its class­rooms.

They also in­clude build­ing a new cov­ered play area, an ex­ten­sion of the school’s play­ground and the cre­ation of a multi-use games area, which would be suit­able for bas­ket­ball and foot­ball lessons. If the pro­pos­als are given the go-ahead by the coun­cil, the fa­cil­i­ties will also be avail­able for pupils at nearby Brew­ster Av­enue In­fant School. The project is be­ing funded by the school and the Dio­cese of Ely.

Mr Cox added: “It’s about de­vel­op­ing the school and get­ting as much out of the build­ings as we can.”

A de­ci­sion on the plans will be made by the coun­cil’s plan­ning team by July 19.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the van­dal­ism should call po­lice on 0345 456 4564 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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