QUESTIONS have been raised about the delay of Port Talbot’s highly awaited Afan Lido rebuild.
Planning permission for the £13.4 million sports centre was granted in November with work due to take place in the new year.
But construction — which is expected to take around 15 months to complete — has yet to begin on the Hollywood Park site.
Neath Port Talbot Council, said work was going on behind the scenes, but no start date has been revealed.
A spokesman said: “The developer is currently in the middle of a contractor procurement process. This needs to be completed to bring certainty to the construction programme.”
Resident Keith Mellin said he was concerned about the delay.
“People are asking questions about what is happening,” he said. “We thought work was going to start in the new year. We were told that the new replacement for the old Afan Lido, burned to the ground in December 2009 would rise like a phoenix from the ashes starting in January 2014.
“To date it is very worrying.
“No stone has been unturned or disturbed on the site selected by the council.
“We hear about all the other developments in the area but nothing about the Afan Lido rebuild.”
It is now over four years since the lido was destroyed. Straight away Neath Port Talbot Council pledged to rebuild it and original proposals included a six lane swimming pool, a learner pool, sports hall, fitness suite and dance studio, along with a café.
Campaigners asked the council to reconsider its plans and in October 2011 it was revealed the authority wanted to rebuild the lido at Hollywood Park at the bowling alley site.
Pressure group Port Talbot People Against Inferior Rebuild of Afan Lido spearheaded the protest campaign and collected 10,000 signatures against plans which were first proposed by the council.
The development will now feature an eight-lane pool, a learner splash pool, a 100-seat spectators gallery, a four court sports hall with seating for 100 spectators, a fitness suite, dance studio, youth club facility and community meeting rooms.