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Report calls for Afan Lido to be rebuilt on Hollywood Park site

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

The original Afan Lido was devastated by fire in 2009.

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CAMPAIGNERS look likely to have lost their fight to have the Afan Lido rebuilt on its original site.

Instead, the task and finish group of councillors set up to make recommendations on the multi-million pound complex have ruled it should go up on neighbouring Hollywood Park.

But there is some good news for the campaigners, who are set to get the eight-lane pool they wanted and not the smaller version the council proposed.

Aberavon Beach has been without its main indoor attraction since fire ripped through it in December, 2009.

Progress on the replacement, due to cost around £13.6 million, has been held up after the council and campaigners failed to agree on critical elements.

Although it is not yet officially in the public domain, the Post has seen a copy of the task and finish group's report.

In it, group chairman Anthony Taylor said: "We believe our recommendations address the needs of local communities . . . complement existing sports and recreational provision . . . while creating an environment to attract further investment to the seafront."

Its recommendations will go before the cabinet for decision on Wednesday.

They include an eight-lane pool with boom and movable floor; learner pool, 100-seat spectator gallery and four-court sports hall with retractable seating for 100 spectators.

The report recommends Hollywood Park, as this would help with the wider regeneration of the seafront.

Using the original site will also mean the council having £2.1 million less to spend, the amount the sale of the land is estimated to contribute to the rebuild.

Some positive news for protesters is the likely dropping of controversial plans to move Sandfields Library from its existing location into the new Lido.

Council chief executive Steve Phillips said: "The task and finish group has made its recommendations.

"It will be a matter for the cabinet, not full council, to make the decision."

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  • AndyJenkins84  |  February 21 2013, 2:48PM

    Zoomer, if you want further information (including info on funding) then I guess your best bet would be to read the Task and Finish Group's report which can be found here http://tinyurl.com/b8pbarv I think page 11 of the report has a summary of what you're looking for.

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  • Zoomer  |  February 16 2013, 3:42PM

    ps. Where's NPT's share of the £13.6 million coming from,........... Iceland ? NPT has been shouting from the rooftops that they have had to suffer serious financial cutbacks from the Welsh Government, and will be cutting back on loads of Council Services in the next twelve months. No-one seems to know how this new swimming pool complex is going to be funded. Or is NPT waiting for a White Knight to turn up, and to " cough up" the money. NPT, a little openess on this subject would be appreciated by the general public, ok ? It might reduce the chances of The Cabinet being left with much egg on face, when the full story leaks out, as it no doubt will. Whistleblowers, please start inhaling !

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  • Zoomer  |  February 15 2013, 6:03PM

    £13.6 million, that's a lot of money. Will NPT be putting all the money in. What about the other partner/s, how much are they putting into the scheme ? Are they putting anything into the "pot" ? What is the deal between NPT and the private partner/s ? NPT has said ad nauseum, that swimming pools/leaisure centres lose money. If money is going to be lost on this new scheme, how much will NPT be prepared to lose, and how much will the private partner/s be prepared to lose ? Private companies don't do " losing money " if they can avoid it, so I'm sceptical about who will actually bear the losses. What about the admission fees and food and beverages ? Who will be receiving those ? Is NPT being "trussed up" by the private partner/s, and will the taxpayers be fleeced with amateurs, sorry Councillors, just looking on. Finally, who is going to pay £2 million plus for the original Lido site ? With all due respect, it's not exactly a leafy suburb, is it ?

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  • hacker_jack  |  February 15 2013, 3:02PM

    Richard, the residents of PT have poor facilities because every plan proposed is met by a barrage of complaints. The attitude of residents in this town to any kind of change is one of the worst I have seen anywhere. The campaign to effectively waste £2m that the sale of land might generate in order to place a pool on the old site, well away from the other attractions on the beach is a case in point. Moving the pool next to the cinema made every kind of sense not just financially but also in terms of creating a critical mass of visitors in one space to attract further investment. Yet "the people" have constantly moaned and whined about it and if you think that the publishing of this report will stop them moaning then you would be wrong. Expect more pointless protests and "requests for clarification" from the protest groups imminently.

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  • RichardCorso  |  February 15 2013, 2:51PM

    Makes you wonder if the fire at the Lido was an accident when you read this report. Seems coincidental that the cleared site is now available for "while creating an environment to attract further investment to the seafront." Lets hope it not MORE Elderly retirement homes. Lets also hope we have a basic swimming pool not the monstrosity of sides and wave making. If you want that go to the LC in Swansea as NPT Council will never make anything that better the LC. Now lets see some action as all we have seen and heard to date is TALK! While the NPT Council are discussing the new Afan Lido - how about get on with the new Rail Station, sort out the Plaza facility and how about getting on with developing further the HollyWood Park for lets say a BOWLING RINK etc etc - The residents in Port Talbot have for years had second rate or NO sporting and entertainment facilities. Come on NPT Council the residents deserve BETTER.

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  • weslangdon  |  February 15 2013, 11:35AM

    The original Swansea Lesuire Centre allowed play and swimming whereas the LC2 has kicked the swimmers out. It's important to get a balance for swimmers and those who enjoy the play.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 15 2013, 9:55AM

    BossHogg i tend to agree. I you want children to learn to swim it must be an enjoyable experience. Going up and down 20 times isn't going to be everyone's idea of fun.

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  • BossHogg  |  February 15 2013, 9:52AM

    Lets hope they keep the fun element of the pool and not just a basic swimming pool with 8 lanes.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 15 2013, 9:28AM

    Common sense at last, shame the whole thing has been held up for so long. I just hope this delay isn't going to mean that i as a council tax payer will be paying out more for this project.