Mixed views on new leisure centre plans for Cascades in Tewkesbury
PUBLIC opinion appears to be differing slightly over plans to build a new leisure centre in Tewkesbury.
Following Wednesday's announcement by the borough council that its preferred location for the development was within the grounds of its Gloucester Road site, the Echo yesterday sought opinion in the town on the subject.
And we found some people felt it was a good idea but others had serious concerns.
After emerging from a session in Cascades' pool, Marion Roope said she was pleased to see that it appeared something was happening at long last.
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The chairman of The Swimming Bath Trust, which owns Cascades, said there had been many false starts in recent years when the council had considered building a new leisure centre.
She said: "We have to have a new pool. It's so important to me.
"My mother Nellie Davies was one of those people who helped raised the money for Cascades to be built in 1969.
"She did so much and I have to see the work she put into the pool come to fruition."
But other users were not so positive about the council having earmarked Gloucester Road as its preferred site.
Pam Vallender, from Tewkesbury, said: "It would be dangerous for people getting up there on foot as they would have to cross the Gloucester Road. They are taking everything away from Tewkesbury town."
Other swimmers at the pool agreed that Cascades' central location, in Spring Gardens, was preferable to the council's edge-of-town one and they feared that there might not be enough parking space at the Gloucester Road site.
Tewkesbury Swimming Club's head coach, Kevin Walters, said building a new leisure centre was a must because of the poor condition of Cascades.
He said: "The managers do a fantastic job trying to keep it alive. It's on its last legs.
"It's like continually putting plasters on wounds, in terms of the pool."
The council has not made a final decision on whether to build a new centre but will investigate the matter further now it has a preferred site.