New Afan Lido will offer some of the best facilities in South Wales
LEISURE chiefs have promised that the new Afan Lido will offer some of the best and most modern facilities in South Wales.
Neath Port Talbot Council has at last given the go-ahead to the £13 million seaside development more than three years after the original complex was devastated by fire.
Cabinet members approved Hollywood Park as the location for the new centre and have agreed an eight-lane pool with a whole range of associated facilities, along with a four-court sports hall.
These were the recommendations of the task and finish group of councillors set up last year after Neath Port Talbot Council and campaigners failed to reach agreement on key aspects of the new centre.
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Group chairman Anthony Taylor said: "It will provide some of the best, most modern and most flexible swimming facilities outside the two main cities of South Wales.
"There will be dry-side facilities, a fitness suite and gym twice the size of the old Lido's, and a new youth club that we believe fulfils our commitment to help young people fulfil their potential."
Mr Taylor said the group had listened to public opinion and removed some of the controversial proposals, including closing Sandfields Library and moving it into the Lido.
Yesterday's cabinet scrutiny committee members unan- imously supported the task and finish group's recommendations before these went to the cabinet for final decision immediately afterwards.
Sandfields councillor Lella James said the swimming facilities at the Lido would be the best available this side of Cardiff.
Committee members thanked the task and finish group's thoroughness and hard work and praised residents and everyone else involved in the long investigative process.
Council leader Ali Thomas said the task and finish group had done a fantastic job.
"What I am interested more than anything else now is getting bricks on the ground," he added.
"I want to see a first-class facility for the use of the people of Neath Port Talbot and I want to see Aberavon Beach developed."