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Ilkley Moor paddling pool to be cleaned up after fears
8:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in Local news
Bradford Council says it is cleaning an outdoor paddling pool on the edge of Ilkley Moor, following a grandmother’s concerns about algae and sludge.
Ilkley resident, Jean Kirk, contacted the newspaper, concerned about the water quality in the pool, of Wells Road, after she visited it with her grandson.
“We’ve been up a couple of times this year, to sail a little boat, but it’s now disgusting,” she said.
“There’s slime on the bottom and something white floating on top. It might be poisonous to dogs or children.”
The Council has made efforts in recent years to stop the build-up of algae and sludge, including a new inlet to a moorland stream, to speed up water flow, and painting the base a lighter colour in a bid to reflect heat and discourage plant growth.
Bradford Council Countryside Officer, Richard Perham, said: “The paddling pool has been cleaned three times so far this season ready for the school holidays and we will clean it again this week. Unfortunately it is difficult to find a solution to algae growing when the weather is warm.”