Our water’s gone but the sand is just super

Digging in: sandcastles have replaced the water in the old paddling pool at Manor Heath Park but there's still buckets of fun to be had for young builders Bradley Cooper and Joe Cockroft

Digging in: sandcastles have replaced the water in the old paddling pool at Manor Heath Park but there's still buckets of fun to be had for young builders Bradley Cooper and Joe Cockroft

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Manor Heath paddling pool is back in business after a five-year break – as a sand pit.

Calderdale Council says it has filled the Halifax pool with 40 tons of sand so that children can “enjoy a taste of the seaside,” but there won’t be any water unless it falls from the sky.

Children from the Greetland Private Day Nursery Holiday Club at Manor Heath for a pinic and a paddle

Children from the Greetland Private Day Nursery Holiday Club at Manor Heath for a pinic and a paddle

The pool was restored by the council in 2006 but it had to be drained because the floor was too slippery.

After a special paint was applied, children continued to suffer bumps and bruises and it had to be drained for safety reasons.

Manor Heath and Shibden Park paddling pools have both been given a beach flavour by the council’s safer cleaner greener central team and offenders on the Community Payback scheme.

Communities spokeswoman Pauline Nash said: “Parents and carers at these new beaches have been saying how much the children love playing in the sand.

“We provided buckets and spades initially but I encourage visitors to bring their own to avoid disappointment.”

The pool at Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge, was filled with sand several years ago.