Afan Lido plans unveiled

18 December 2010

Plans have been unveiled for the fire-ravaged Afan Lido. 

The Afan Lido - an artist's impression

Neath Port Talbot Council say it will become a £13.6m multi-purpose leisure and community facility.

The Aberavon seafront site has been closed since fire struck in December 2009.

Local residents are now being asked for their views on the new project.

Exhibitions are being held until the end of January in several locations including at Port Talbot Civic Centre.

Designed

A council media release states: “The building has been designed to shape the future of leisure provision in Neath Port Talbot.

“It will support existing commercial facilities and the future regeneration plans for Aberavon seafront.

“The funding package includes a bid for European grant, an insurance payment, savings from energy and operational efficiencies and a small amount of capital funding from the Council.”

Plans include a 25m swimming pool, a learner pool, sports hall, fitness suite and dance studio.

A cafeteria will be located on the ground floor.

The leisure element will be run in partnership with Celtic Community Leisure.

Partnership

A “community hub” is to be created in partnership with community-based New Sandfields Aberavon. Here, plans include a library, ICT training room, a learning resource centre, a youth facility, a crèche and conference and community rooms.

Also proposed is accommodation for 20 enterprise units for new small businesses.

The proposals would mean that Sandfields library, Seaway Parade Education Centre, Dalton Road and Aberavon community centres will move to the community hub.

Council regeneration head Gareth Nutt said: “In 2011 the council hopes to take a decision that will progress the 18-month project to the build stage. Our target is to begin work late 2011 or early 2012.”

Council leader Ali Thomas said: “”The Afan Lido has served the community well over the last 50 years and the fire was a very sad day but this will be a new chapter in the history of Aberavon seafront.

Modern

“We have an opportunity to rebuild a modern, first class, state of the art leisure and community facility which I’m sure residents will welcome.”

To view the plans click here.

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