New pool for Nailsea?
PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 March 2015
A SWIMMING pool could finally be built in Nailsea following years of appeals for the much-needed facility.
At North Somerset Council’s executive meeting on March 17, council leader Nigel Ashton confirmed the authority is hoping to turn Scotch Horn Leisure Centre into a health and social care hub incorporating a new pool, the library, a police station and more family services.
The authority is unable to set a timetable for the work or a cost for the project but councillors claim designs are currently being drawn up.
Speaking about the plans at the meeting, Cllr Ashton said: “It would be more of a hub.
“It would include the possibility of the library, the possibility of the police station and increased office space and a much-wanted pool in Nailsea.”
Councillor Jeremy Blatchford, who represents Nailsea for North Somerset, added: “We don’t know what exactly will go in there, but we know for certain it will be a swimming pool.
“We also have a programme to extend the catch of children’s centres to be more of a family hub and Scotch Horn would be the idea place.
“It’s very ambitious, but we are trying to save the money to pay for it by investing in early intervention and prevention which will produce savings across the board.
“If we have happy, healthy people they don’t need vast amounts of health service or social care provision.”
Family services which could also be provided in the hub include parenting courses and support, more help for new mums to prevent post natal depression and clubs to help older people stay healthy and reduce the risk of dementia.
But councillors and residents who have been campaigning for a pool for years have raised questions about North Somerset’s previous claims of a lack of funds for a facility.
Cllr Andy Cole, who represents Nailsea for North Somerset, said: “There is an urgent need for a swimming pool in Nailsea which I have been advocating for a number of years, together with the Nailsea Swimming Pool Interest Group.
“It also makes perfect sense to have Scotch Horn undergo major refurbishment so that besides providing a modern swimming pool the leisure centre also incorporates a new library, a youth club, upgrade to the fitness centre, police hub and other council facilities.
“Now we have heard false promises before regarding a swimming pool in Nailsea, so I think residents will be sceptical until there is proof positive it is going to happen.”
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