'We must see pool's costs'

COUNCILLORS are pressing for the projected detailed costs of maintaining and refurbishing Backwell's dilapidated swimming pool

COUNCILLORS are pressing for the projected detailed costs of maintaining and refurbishing Backwell's dilapidated swimming pool.Nailsea Town Council has written to North Somerset purse-holders saying it wants to be sure the most viable option is to maintain and refurbish the pool at Backwell rather than building a pool in the town.The move follows a decision by the authority to concentrate its cash on Backwell pool rather than building a new one in Nailsea.Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: "Following a wide ranging and detailed discussion it was resolved to recommend that the town council express its equivocal support for the plan provided that the council is involved in every stage of the consultative and planning process."The continued support of the town council depends on it being convinced on the economic viability of the present preferred option as to a new build on the same site or elsewhere. "We want to ensure that Backwell pool is maintained to the highest standard."The drive to see a new pool in Nailsea was led by the swimming pool interest group which secured outline planning permission for a new pool at the rear of the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre.A special group is now going to be set up to look at future swimming provision in the north of the district.Mr Morrell added: "This is an issue which is very important to local residents."The news that detailed costings for the continued maintenance of Backwell Pool are being called for by councillors has been welcomed by Swimming Pool Interest Group founder Nat Tucker.Mr Tucker, who is also chairman of the Grey Seals swimming group, said: "It seems as if we are now back at square one."The council seems to be re-processing old arguments but still have no vision for the future of swimming in the area. It is not good enough just to patch and scratch Backwell Pool and I agree detailed costs are needed before any final decision is made.


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