Hundreds sign Lido petition as momentum gathers

30 June 2012

MORE than a thousand local people have signed the Afan Lido petition today, while almost 500 more have signed an online petition.

Campaigners met hundreds of Port Talbot shoppers at the Aberafan Shopping Centre today as they gathered signatures for their petition. Photo: Susan Plant, www.portstudio.co.uk

Campaigners met hundreds of Port Talbot shoppers at the Aberafan Shopping Centre today as they gathered signatures for their petition. Photo: Susan Plant, www.portstudio.co.uk

The campaign is being run by local group ‘Port Talbot People against inferior Rebuild of the Afan Lido’, which is now entering its second week of protest. The group is unhappy with the Council’s proposals for rebuilding the Afan Lido on a new site, with a smaller pool and with what they say are “unnecessary” extras such a library and enterprise units.

They have 11 demands, including an eight-lane pool and keeping the Lido on its old site.

Today campaigners hosted a stall at the Aberafan Shopping Centre and say they were busy all day, collecting 1,156 signatures.

“The sign-ups are still coming in so numbers are sketchy,” said Gary Owen, who is one of the six committee members running the campaign. “The response from the people of Port Talbot was huge today and the online petition has had over 300 sign-ups in 24 hours.

“Social Media is playing a big part in the campaign but so is word of mouth,” he added. “People without the internet are finding out about this and lots were appalled at the actions of the Council.”

Neath Port Talbot Council is holding a four-week consultation on their plans, which closes on July 18. Email regeneration@npt.gov.uk, contact your local councillor direct or sign the petition.

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