Councillors welcome at next Lido meeting

7 July 2012

AFAN Lido campaigners have extended an open invitation to councillors for a final public meeting to air their views on the Council’s plans for rebuilding the iconic leisure centre.

The campaigners met at Bar Gallois at the end of June – now they hope their next public meeting will attract large crowds and local councillors. Photo: Susan Plant, www.portstudio.co.uk

The group’s committee is hoping local people will come along to the Four Winds on Tuesday night to hear an update on the campaign so far and watch a presentation about alternative solutions for the rebuild. They are also hopeful local councillors and council officials will come to hear what they have to say.

This will be the fourth public meeting about the Afan Lido rebuild since February.

In the two weeks since this campaign took off, the group has gathered more than 3,000 signatures on a petition which they hope will convince leisure chiefs to include an eight-lane swimming pool in their plans. They also want the new Lido to be rebuilt on the site of the old one, and to have a bigger sports hall, spectator facilities and a cafe.

A Facebook group started by the campaigners, Port Talbot People Against Inferior Rebuild of The Afan Lido, has attracted more than 6,000 members since it started almost three weeks ago.

“We are expecting crowds,” said Diane Thomas, one of the group’s committee members. “We have invited all the councillors by letter and email and are waiting for them to confirm.”

The public meeting is at the Four Winds at 8pm on Tuesday July 10.

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