However, that figure dropped to between 20 and 30 people a day at the end of July and throughout August.
Steve Hayes, who manages the Hotel Cristina and who swam the English Channel in 2012 for charity, described the lake as ‘uninviting’. He added: ‘As a holidaymaker, the last thing you want to see is lovely white sandy beaches covered in green slime. I know people who campaigned for years for the pool to be repaired and it was a great project, but it came at a cost and really it has been a waste of money.’
The pool was built to mark Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee and was named the Victoria Marine Lake. The Parish of St Helier and the Jersey Development Company each gave £100,000 towards the restoration project, and a further £115,000 came from the Tourism Development Fund, enabling it to be opened earlier this year.