Neath Port Talbot politicians call for more time to get Afan Lido right
NEATH Port Talbot politicians have called for councillors to be given more time to discuss the revised Afan Lido proposals.
Cabinet members will be asked to approve the new proposals, which now include an eight-lane pool which campaigners were calling for, at a meeting later today.
But despite the concession over the eight-lane pool, members of pressure group Port Talbot People Against the Inferior Rebuild of Afan Lido are still far from happy about the new proposals — and have asked for more time to look at the plan.
Now Aberavon MP Hywel Francis and his Assembly Member counterpart David Rees have called for councillors to be given more time and detail to consider the proposals as well.
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Mr Francis said: "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 that 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 that there are still some questions that need to be resolved and areas that need further clarification.
"I hope that 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 and we must get it right."
Campaigners have fought a hard battle with Neath Port Talbot Council about the Lido development and presented them with a 10,000-strong petition last week, calling for an eight- lane pool to be installed and not the six-lane version which was originally proposed.
Members of the pressure group also want the Lido rebuilt on its original site and not at the neighbouring Hollywood Park, which is where the council is planning to develop it.
The authority has said this is necessary as it will help deal with the empty buildings at Hollywood Park and help generate vital funds to help pay for its redevelopment.
The existing Morrison Road library will also be included in the new complex and the enterprise starter units have also been dropped.