Plymouth Pontoon a Sign of Change

ITV News reports: A floating pontoon has been installed in Plymouth as work to create the UK’s first National Marine Park gets underway.

Wild swimmers in the city will be able to use the swimming pontoon as part of a pilot scheme to see how popular it is before other developments on the coastline take place.

The Marine Park, known as Plymouth Sound, has been awarded £9.5 million of funding and the city’s council leader, Nick Kelly, is delighted with the new pontoon.

He said: ...we are being pro-active in encouraging more people to enjoy the sound as safely as possible.

"By re-introducing the popular swimming pontoon we are demonstrating that we have listened to people’s requests and this is a practical measure that will help people feel safer whilst undertaking activities in the sea.

"It will be located off a popular swimming beach and is ideal for swimmers to rest if they get tired or should suffer from cramp.

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