I am sure it is all too late

WHAT A headline: Give Henry the boot (over the Tropicana). But could we? I am sure it is all too late. At the end of the day we will find the council's hands are tied because someone has agreed or something has been signed which means nothing can be done

WHAT A headline: Give Henry the boot (over the Tropicana). But could we? I am sure it is all too late. At the end of the day we will find the council's hands are tied because someone has agreed or something has been signed which means nothing can be done to change things.What Weston has always wanted is a swimming pool. It was in June 2005 that the council held a meeting at the Winter Gardens where they asked for feedback from the public on what we wanted in place of the Tropicana. A resounding yes was for option C that the council build it themselves, but we were then told it would cost £8.5 million plus a cost of £13 a year for every ratepayer in North Somerset.We are now told by Cllr Crockford-Hawley that it would cost from £3-6million. Where does this new cost come from? We were told last year that the council had obtained quotes for the £8.5 million so why his big difference? In March this year I did some research after reading about a similar situation to Weston's but in London, where Hackney Borough Council had their London Fields Lido which had been closed for 20 years. I was told the council planned a heated 50m Olympic-size outdoor pool with eight lanes, covered in the winter months with a bubble roof. The cost would be £3 million, the running costs estimated at £250,000 a year, depending on the revenue.I did suggest at the time that someone from our council contact Hackney Council in case Henry Boot dragged its feet. If it can be done in London why not here? May I wish the North Somerset Community Action Party every success. I agree the Tropicana should be in the hands of people who really care.LAURENCE F ORMEShrubbery Avenue, Weston


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