Little to do

I was extremely upset to read the article in the Portishead Times of January 17 about the possible closure of Portishead Pool. It is hard to believe at

I was extremely upset to read the article in the Portishead Times of January 17 about the possible closure of Portishead Pool.It is hard to believe at a time when there is more and more housing in Portishead, that the extra revenue in community charge cannot be spent on existing facilities, let alone building new ones.There is so little to do in Portishead and the open air pool is a wonderful facility. Great Britain is losing many of its lidos and I think it would be a great shame to lose ours.Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham got £382,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to upgrade its facilities.We should be trying to get investment into the pool to improve the facilities and as you suggest, give the building other uses so it can be open all year round.The cafe at the pool could be really improved and it could be open all year.We have no arts facilities in Portishead. Could we use the pool to house an arts centre? We could have a cinema and theatre space and the cafe walls could be used for art exhibitions.Maybe we could get Arts Council funding for a project like that?I think the council should be proactive and set up a group to take some of these ideas forward. Get local people involved to make things happen.Elizabeth Williams - Slade Road, Portishead


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