Promised pool just ‘false spin’

PUBLISHED: 06:55 21 June 2018

Scotch Horn Centre, Nailsea, Cllr Jeremy Blatehford.

Scotch Horn Centre, Nailsea, Cllr Jeremy Blatehford.

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A lack of action in providing a swimming pool for Nailsea is ‘morally unacceptable’, according to one councillor.

Scotch Horn Centre, Nailsea, Cllr Jeremy Blatehford. Scotch Horn Centre, Nailsea, Cllr Jeremy Blatehford.

Ahead of the 2015 election, council leader Nigel Ashton revealed plans to revamp Scotch Horn Leisure Centre into a health and social care hub with a pool, the library, a police station and family services. Then-executive member Jeremy Blatchford said swimming facilities were a ‘certainty’.

Council officers later said feasibility work would start in September 2016, followed by a consultation in 2017 and stressed changes would be implemented by April 2018.

MORE: Scotch Horn leisure review is imminent.

Three years on the council says there is no update on progress – although it has found two possible sites for a second pool in Weston.

Cllr Andy Cole said: “The continued misinformation and false spin trotted out by the ruling administration on North Somerset Council regarding major improvements to leisure and swimming pool provision in Nailsea is morally unacceptable.”

“The Tory administration always finds expenditure to prioritise leisure facilities in Weston at the expense of Nailsea.

“Since the 2015 local elections, North Somerset Council has upgraded The Campus to include a fitness centre, a wellness facility and also an improvement to the library provision.

“Hutton Moor Leisure Centre has had an upgrade to its leisure and sports provision. In contrast any plans to upgrade Scotch Horn Leisure Centre have been shelved to sometimes never.”

Nailsea Town Council believes the site is too small to incorporate the facilities needed.

MORE: ‘New super leisure centre’ for Nailsea.

Chairman David Packham said: “The town council has discussed the potential redevelopment of Scotch Horn with North Somerset Council on a number of occasions over the past three years.

“Despite statements from it that plans for refurbishment would be forthcoming it is yet to put forward any proposals.

“The town council is in the process of developing a vision for the town which will consider, among many issues, sports and leisure activities in the town.

“This vision is likely to suggest a sports village be created to provide a wide range of sports and activities at a single site.

“The site at Scotch Horn would not be of sufficient size to meet the needs of our town over the coming two decades when we will see the town grow significantly. It will be up to North Somerset Council to decide what will happen to the site in the future.”

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