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Questions raised over Afan Lido delay

By SWEPGRoberts  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

Hollywood Park in Port Talbot, where the new Afan Lido will be built

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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.

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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.

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  • pennygwin  |  March 08 2014, 3:03PM

    So if the council got the insurance pay-out for the Lido and are selling off the land with planning permission for building new hoses, what is the delay in replacing the lido as was at a new site or have I got something wrong, why not re-build it on the original site and sell of the bowling alley site or do they not own that site and will have to buy it

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  • Neathboy234  |  March 07 2014, 8:07PM

    £14 million that could be better spent else where, end of

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  • pennygwin  |  March 07 2014, 5:52PM

    What a surprise , more delays in giving Aberavon back it's one and only attraction.

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  • Zoomer  |  March 07 2014, 5:22PM

    Do the public actually know what the deal is between the " developer" and NPT ? How much money is each "partner" putting into the project. NPT have been paid out some insurance money. A cost of £14 million has been spoken of but, how many contractors have been asked to quote ? How many quotes have been received ? £14 million seems an awful lot of money for not even an artist's impression ! Has anyone seen a copy of the proposed plans ? Are there any plans ? I know an official in another Council, and he told me that almost all Leisure Centres " normally", lose money. What's the deal between the private developer and NPT. Is it both parties accept an equal loss, or does NPT take the losses, and the developer's take all the dosh on food and beverages ? There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding this scheme. The Council silence is deafening. Frankly, I don't think the Afan Lido will ever get built. Councillors will come and go at elections, and the scheme will be abandoned.

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  • Jack_Peters  |  March 07 2014, 5:06PM

    He says: "No stone has been unturned" - That means that Every stone HAS been turned! . Who writes this rubbish?

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  • RichardCorso  |  March 07 2014, 3:05PM

    The photo is of the never delivered bowling rink building - yet another promised and badly needed sports and entertainment facility that never materialised for the run down area. The new Afan Lido will start as soon as the original land is sold with planning permission for yet more housing on the seafront.

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