Weston's second swimming pool could be included in plans for stand-alone leisure complex
PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 May 2018
A masterplan for a second pool for Weston-super-Mare could be revealed this summer - and it may feature as part of proposals for a larger regional leisure complex.
The Mercury reported in 2015 how North Somerset Council had ambitions to build a leisure pool, with slides and waves, at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.
There has been little obvious progress since then, but the Mercury can exclusively report a draft masterplan – featuring a leisure pool – could be unveiled in the summer for consultation.
The council is hoping to consult on two options, the first of which is to build a leisure pool, with additional leisure facilities, at Hutton Moor.
Alternatively, it may look to build a pool as part of a stand-alone leisure attraction on the former tip site, known as Avoncrest, on the other side of the road to Hutton Moor.
Central ward councillor Richard Nightingale said: “We need to put Weston firmly back on the map as one of the top destinations of choice for holidaymakers.
“You can only do that by offering world class attractions people want to visit.
“A Center Parcs-type complex, in Weston, would do this and more.”
A council spokesman said it has been focused on improving Hutton Moor, including replacing the tennis courts and extending the gym, since 2016.
They said: “At the same time we have been looking at the wider area and how best to provide the additional leisure facilities envisioned for phase two, including whether they are located at Hutton Moor (which might require the re-location of sports pitches) or on the Weston Links (Avoncrest) site.
“Much of this has been done in partnership with Homes England which has bought out the lease for the Weston Links site and which jointly commissioned a range of technical studies including ground investigation and transport modelling.
“All of this background work is essential both as part of preparing for planning applications and delivery.”
The council is developing a business case and has made informal contact with potential providers.
Deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said it is committed to improving and increasing leisure and swimming facilities in Weston to meet the town’s growing population.