Well we heard today that WEFO have granted the £3million to RCT to “renovate” the Lido in Ynysangharad Park. I use the word cautiously because I cannot see how the proposed new building bears any resemblance to the historic baths.
They have the planning permission, and now they have the funding so it is difficult to see any way of preventing this from going ahead and the paddling pool being taken away, despite what would appear to be the opinion of most residents.
The Labour hypocrites have been out in force today welcoming the news.
First we had the Council press release.
Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Cllr Paul Cannon said:
"We have listened carefully to the views of the community in developing these plans and our aim is to create an environment that attracts visitors, benefits business and where communities can prosper.”
Listened carefully to the views of the public? The 2077 who voted on 1st November to keep the pool he means? Or the 151 who voted against? Has he read the letters page of the Ponty Observer lately?
In the Council Chamber when the vote was reported back he said
“This was a cynical publicity stunt by the Lib Dems. Pontypridd Town Council have confirmed that the poll cost £11,000 which will be added to the precept next year. Perhaps the people of Pontypridd will thank them (the Lib Dems) for that.
“It is easy for others to try and make political capital but we have to take into account the wider regeneration issues. Amongst the 800 people we consulted the overall regeneration of Pontypridd was their over-riding concern.
“I move we note the result of the poll and take no further action.”
So much for listening to the people.
The local AM and MP congratulated the Council of course – the same Council that Owen Smith had said failed to consult properly on the issue. Later on his Facebook page Mick Antoniw AM broke his silence on the issue and said
“this is great news for Pontypridd. there will be disappointment at the loss of the paddling pool which we all share, however , it was vital that this major project and investment in the future of Pontypridd was not threatened. the contstruction of an all year tion of an all year round adventure park will be a major long term asset to the park and will hopefully go some way to allay the sadness at the loss of the paddling pool. We must now look to the future and the ongoing and continued regeneration and development of Pontypridd. Still so much to do.round adventure park will be a major long term asset to the park and will hopefully go some way to allay the sadness at the loss of the paddling pool. We must now look to the future and the ongoing and continued regeneration and development of Pontypridd. Still so much to do.”
Really Slick, nice of you to pretend you give a damn. What facilities do they have in Newport where you live?One of the best examples though was Treforest Councillor Steve Powderhill who tweeted:
"WEFO funding secured now we'll see what Treforest want me to fight for ‘the dilapidated old pool or the new lido, play area and splashpool’”
Bit late for that. He was one of those who voted in favour of granting planning permission to enable them to remove the paddling pool. Didn’t he understand what he was voting for? I mean I know they only took about eight minutes to make the decision but still. Surely the Labour leader explained to his group that they were about to break the first of numerous manifesto promises?
When asked on the “you know your from Pontypridd when” Facebook page if it was correct that the lido would only open four months a year he replied
“could well be but we haven't even had a chamber debate on what the final project will be so far it's only outline planning i'm looking forward to the debate so let's wait and see no point in guessing.”
Is he serious? Even the limited information that was allowed to be made public about the fading application stated quite clearly that it would only be open around four months a year.
The decision to press forward with the scheme was taken by the Cabinet, there was no debate in Council, so what makes him think there will be for the next stage?
Maybe he should take a little more interest in what is going on. He says he will “fight” for whatever the people of Treforest tell him to. I take it he will be carrying out a survey very soon then, although it may be too late to fight for anything. Still he could always sign our latestpetition!