The recent refurbished Princess Gardens Grade II listed Fountain is out of action just a week after being officially switched on by the Mayor of Torbay, Gorden Oliver.
Following seven months of work, the fountain was switched on Tuesday 3rd July. The fountain is now out of action following the good weather and people paddling in it, which the council say has blocked the pipework and filter system.
The repairs are expected to cost over £1000.
There are currently no signs at the fountain requesting that people do not enter but the council has confirmed these are on their way.
A spokesperson for Torbay Council said: “Following the switch on of the refurbished Princess Gardens Fountain last week unfortunately this week we are having to carry out repairs to it, to the cost of over £1,000.
“Unfortunately the filter system and pipework has been blocked due to a range of debris being carried into the basin by people paddling, as well as flowers being thrown in.
“We understand the weather has been hot and the urge to cool off is high but the fountain, and it’s filter system, has not been designed for paddling in.
“Can we please request that you do not paddle in the fountain basin and if you do see someone doing this it would help if this message is passed onto them, as unfortunately we cannot be monitoring this area 24/7,”
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