The broken fountain in Northampton’s Market Square is to be rebuilt at a cost of £50,000.
Since July, Northampton Borough Council has been consulting the public on the future of the fountain, which has been switched off since higher than normal levels of bacteria were found in the water in August 2012.
After 58 per cent of the people who took part in the survey said the fountain should be rebuilt, the council has revealed plans to build a ‘raised pool’ on the current fountain site.
It is hoped the new design will stop water in the fountain becoming contaminated.
The council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Tim Hadland (Con, Old Duston) said: “I’m delighted that we can look forward to the fountain being turned back on by next summer.
“Although the fountain was a popular meeting point for shoppers, we had no choice but to turn it off last year as the design was not suitable for the location.
“Specialists have advised us on a way to remodel the fountain to make it safer, but we wanted to be sure that investing in remodelling the fountain was what people wanted.”
Over 350 took part in the consultation on the council’s website and the Market Square newsagents collected almost 200 signatures supporting investment in remodelling the fountain.
The council will now start work with specialists to bring the fountain back into use for next summer.
Once a specialist is appointed work on remodelling the fountain is expected to take 16 weeks to complete and cost around £50,000
The fountain was originally installed under Northampton Borough Council’s previous Liberal Democrat administration in 2010 at a cost of £98,000.