The only thing people are interested in
PUBLISHED: 13:45 10 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 May 2010
WATCHING the BBC News recently, there was a small feature about the growth of lidos in the UK. This made me think about the letter I wrote a couple of months ago where the borough of Hackney, London, had just refurbished its old swimming pool which had b
WATCHING the BBC News recently, there was a small feature about the growth of lidos in the UK. This made me think about the letter I wrote a couple of months ago where the borough of Hackney, London, had just refurbished its old swimming pool which had been closed for 20 years but had now been opened again as an Olympic size heated outdoor pool (the only one in London) but with a part-time roof which can stay up or come down for the grand total of £3 million pounds.During the news feature, they also had Stephen Johnson from the Heritage Lottery Fund who was saying they could pay to build the pool but it had to be maintained by the various councils out of admission charges.All this was in my mind when I read about the extension of three months being given by the North Somerset Council to Henry Boot Developments, who has yet to confirm that all the parties are ready to sign up to fund the various concessions being built, which of course will include our swimming pool, and again we are yet to be told how big we will be allowed to have it. However, really this is all or the only thing which the people are interested in.Well the developer was saying he would be in the position to tell us who all these people are in September.All this was covered by ex councillor Ken Lacey in the local press. Ken who knows how councils work asked some very pertinent questions as to why we keep having these delays, also he is worried we will be getting a very small pool out of it. He wonders how time scales agreed could just be set aside and will all of the five or six conditions imposed by the council be kept to. We shall see. Are we into another MACE situation? The council tells us that all is on track. Didn't I read when Henry Boot Developments was chosen that it would be putting up a cash bond to ensure everything would go ahead? I ask what will happen if at the end of the day they cannot get enough people to sign up - is it handed back to the council, is the council to be told that it can only go ahead if the hotel is allowed to become flats and if that is so, what does the council do then? Can I suggest the council at least finds out what did happen at Hackney and also contact Stephen Johnson from the Heritage Fund so it will have some options to fall back on.Already we have everything being put back by this developer just as we did before, all I can say is please prove me wrong.LAURENCE F ORMEShrubbery Avenue, Weston
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