Report calls for Afan Lido to be rebuilt on Hollywood Park site
CAMPAIGNERS look likely to have lost their fight to have the Afan Lido rebuilt on its original site.
Instead, the task and finish group of councillors set up to make recommendations on the multi-million pound complex have ruled it should go up on neighbouring Hollywood Park.
But there is some good news for the campaigners, who are set to get the eight-lane pool they wanted and not the smaller version the council proposed.
Aberavon Beach has been without its main indoor attraction since fire ripped through it in December, 2009.
Progress on the replacement, due to cost around £13.6 million, has been held up after the council and campaigners failed to agree on critical elements.
Although it is not yet officially in the public domain, the Post has seen a copy of the task and finish group's report.
In it, group chairman Anthony Taylor said: "We believe our recommendations address the needs of local communities . . . complement existing sports and recreational provision . . . while creating an environment to attract further investment to the seafront."
Its recommendations will go before the cabinet for decision on Wednesday.
They include an eight-lane pool with boom and movable floor; learner pool, 100-seat spectator gallery and four-court sports hall with retractable seating for 100 spectators.
The report recommends Hollywood Park, as this would help with the wider regeneration of the seafront.
Using the original site will also mean the council having £2.1 million less to spend, the amount the sale of the land is estimated to contribute to the rebuild.
Some positive news for protesters is the likely dropping of controversial plans to move Sandfields Library from its existing location into the new Lido.
Council chief executive Steve Phillips said: "The task and finish group has made its recommendations.
"It will be a matter for the cabinet, not full council, to make the decision."