Open air pool under threat

THE future of Portishead's open air pool is to be reviewed as part of North Somerset Council's efforts to balance its books. Authority purseholders are reviewing the future of the pool, which costs them £300,000 each year to subsidise, as part of a move t

THE future of Portishead's open air pool is to be reviewed as part of North Somerset Council's efforts to balance its books.Authority purseholders are reviewing the future of the pool, which costs them £300,000 each year to subsidise, as part of a move to save millions.In a report to the executive, it is recommending a review of the provision of Portishead Open Air Pool at 'the earliest opportunity.'Portishead councillor David Pasley believes the pool should be kept as it is an important local amenity.He said: "Once an amenity like the pool is lost, it is lost forever. "Portishead is the fastest growing town in North Somerset and we should be providing amenities for our residents, not taking them away."There are many opportunities which could be taken at the pool and real thought and money needs to be put into it to create a facility we can be proud of."But a report to the executive, which was due to meet yesterday (Tues) to discuss the proposals, gave a very different message.The report said: "To ensure that we deliver key services well and keep council tax bills low, the council will have to make some hard decisions. We will have to stop providing some services.


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