Campaigners' wait is nearly over with Afan Lido decision due
THE wait is nearly over for Port Talbot campaigners who will soon find out the recommendations for the future of the town's Afan Lido.
The council's task and finish group, made up of nine councillors, will not hold any further public meetings and are currently working to agree and outline their recommendations.
The group's objective has been to consider options for the £13.6 million leisure development, based on proposals put forward by the council and local residents.
Since early September the group has been hearing evidence from campaigners, local groups, council officers and experts on different issues.
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Robbie Phillips, along with Harry Worth, gave a presentation to the group on behalf of the Port Talbot People Against the Inferior Rebuild of Afan Lido.
The campaign group collected 10,000 signatures calling for the authority to go back to the drawing board over its proposals.
They have called for an eight-lane swimming pool with a moveable floor to ensure flexibility and maximum use, a spectator provision and an eight-court, badminton-sized sports hall.
Mr Phillip, a surf life saving club committee member, said: "This is a chance for the council and task group to provide a fit for purpose building, fit to take us into the next 25/30 years.
He added: "It has been really hard work getting the presentation together and you can't not mention the people who did all the background work for the petition which had 10,000 signatures."
Chairman of Afan Lido task and finish group Anthony Taylor said the end was near.
"We are at the stage of reviewing what we have heard so far," he said.
"We are concluding our report in the next week or two.
"We are not far off.
"We are going to consider everything we have heard to get the best solution we can within the financial constraints in the budget.
"Once we have completed our report, that will go to the cabinet scrutiny committee and the cabinet."