Politicians urge caution on lido report

24 July 2012

MP Hywel Francis and AM David Rees have called upon councillors to demand more detail before considering the findings of a controversial report on the leisure facility that will replace the Afan Lido.

Handing over the petition: (from left) Jamie Hornsey, Caitlin Davies, Steve Phillips, Cllr Ali Thomas, Cllr Mike James, Gary Owen and Diane Thomas. Photo: Darren Boxer, www.portstudio.co.uk

Protesters hand in the lido petition: (from left) Jamie Hornsey, Caitlin Davies, Steve Phillips, Cllr Ali Thomas, Cllr Mike James, Gary Owen and Diane Thomas. Photo: Darren Boxer, www.portstudio.co.uk

Their comments follow the release of the report by council officers last Friday.

The report followed a consultation period, and highlights the response to a 10,000 signature petition in support of a sports and leisure complex that would meet the needs of local people.

Dr Francis said in a statement: “We were delighted with the decision of the leadership of the council to give a four-week consultation period to allow local people to submit their views on the proposals.

“That consultation has now ended, and while we welcome the inclusion in the report of the removal of the enterprise units and the possibility of an eight-lane swimming pool, we now hope the authority will consider a further delay to allow sufficient time for the report to be fully analysed and further information to be provided if required.”

Mr Rees added: “Local people have expressed their views passionately, and it is important that the local authority take the necessary time to consider both these and the report.

“The report recognises some of the points raised, but I believe there are still some questions that need to be resolved and areas that need further clarification. I hope sufficient time is allowed to do that.

“The development of a sports and leisure complex that meets the health and well-being needs of the local community is critical – we must get it right.”

The report still includes proposals for the transfer of the library facility at Morrison Road to the new complex, along with an IT suite, and incorporates no changes to the dry side of the complex.

It does not reflect the future transfer of the Dalton Road community centre to New Sandfields Aberavon (NSA), which will continue to provide a community facility on that site.

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