Hands off

PUBLISHED: 16:52 11 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:00 24 May 2010

I would be in favour of a concert hall or arts centre of an appropriate scale for the town, but why move the open air pool further up the seafront for it? This is a completely unsustainable unecological approach. Why not build your concert hall further up

I would be in favour of a concert hall or arts centre of an appropriate scale for the town, but why move the open air pool further up the seafront for it?This is a completely unsustainable unecological approach.Why not build your concert hall further up the seafront and spend a relatively small amount of money providing some trees for shade for the existing pool, perhaps softening the existing landscape of the pool and above all a pull-on cover for the pool to save energy and keep it warm overnight.This could perhaps also enable a slight rise in temperature to enhance swimming in chillier weather like so many other successful open air pools such as the one in Street, Somerset.The open air pool is perfect for where it is. It attracts people from the town and beyond and is part of the open air recreational park facility which makes the town's Lake Grounds so attractive.Standing on the pool's terrace you can see the sea and beach of the town as well as the ships passing by.You can smell the sea and feel sea air on your face as you swim.It is a wonderful resource, absolutely appropriate to its site and we should do everything to retain it (as the rest of the few remaining open air pools in the country are trying to do). Let's not give any opportunity to the council to sell off or redevelop this site.Good luck with your concert hall on another site. The marina perhaps?T CarlessNewlands Hill, Portishead

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