Pupils ‘gutted’ after vandals attack pool
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.