Pool plans under fire

PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 April 2015

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

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Plans to build a new swimming pool at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre have come under intense scrutiny from Streetlife users this week.

The Weston Mercury reported last month that North Somerset Council is drawing up an outline planning application to build a full-size pool at the rear of the Weston leisure centre, which could be open as early as next spring. However, the idea has not proved popular with Streetlife commentators, as many feel a new pool would be better suited to the derelict Tropicana site.

David B said: “An additional swimming pool at Hutton Moor might be fine, but who is going to want to use the pool the majority of the time? Is it going to be like the existing pool?

“Is the proposal for a new Hutton Moor pool just another ploy to try and scupper the revitalisation of the Tropicana? It would be a major visitor boost to have the Tropicana back in use.

“It would also be of benefit not only to locals and residents, but to all those who rely on the tourist industry for a living.”

Carolyn E said: “It seems to me that a problem with providing a classic swimming pool for holidaymakers on the seafront is that it is probably no longer an attraction for today’s children. I also imagine that funding has been easier to find to extend Hutton Moor than to reinstate the Tropicana, but it does seem as if this proposal has come out of the blue.”

Philip P, meanwhile, wondered whether a Tropicana pool would be used by Weston residents as well as tourists.

He said: “There is a real question over projected and actual usage of a seafront pool.

“The idea is great in principle, as it would look nice and enhance the image of Weston.

“But, is the intention of a seafront pool primarily to pull in the tourists, or to meet the needs of local residents?”

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