A NEW group has been set up on the social networking website Facebook in response to the council’s four-week consultation period on the Afan Lido rebuild.
The brainchild of Gary Owen, 49, from Margam, who runs porttalbotlife.co.uk, the group is called Port ‘Talbot People Against Inferior Rebuild of Afan Lido’ and already boasts more than 1,200 members. The group will host a public meeting on Wednesday 27 June at Bar Gallois at 7.30pm to discuss their campaign.
Gary Owen said: “The reason to set up this page was to give our people a chance to have a top class swimming pool like other towns in Wales and not become second best.
“We have the money in the bank and for a lot less we can have a lot more, a bigger pool more flexibility and we have a large site where the old Lido stood awaiting this new project.”
The group will also host a stall at the Aberafan Shopping Centre on Saturday where people can sign a petition.
“We hope the council who were elected for the people of Port Talbot will consider an eight-lane pool with spectator facilities, we do not want a library or commercial units which will take up room and lie empty for years,” he added. “All we want is what other towns have in West Wales.
The group has promised it will hold more meetings in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis has welcomed Neath Port Talbot Council’s four week consultation on the plans for Afan Lido.
Dr Francis said: “I am writing to the Council to thank them for agreeing to this extended consultation of four weeks.
“The people of Port Talbot and surrounding communities have an enormous affection for the Afan Lido’s sport and leisure facilities. It has played a big part in the lives of local families for many decades.
“I urge everyone to submit their views on their hopes for the new building. I shall be doing so myself as the local Member of Parliament, and those views will be based on discussions I have had with local residents.
“I know also that councillors are listening to the views of local residents.
“It is very important that all of us as elected representatives listen to the concerns, hopes and aspirations of our electors so that we achieve a new Afan Lido of which everyone will be proud.”