Pool plan should be a boost for Bishopston
THERE have been years and years of wrangling but now something is happening at last on the site of the old Bristol North Baths. Keys to the long disused pool have now been handed over by the city council to developers Chatsworth Homes.
There will be those in the local community of Bishopston who still mourn the passing of this facility – and there was a campaign to try and keep the pool open.
Now, though, the site is on the brink of a transformation which, just as the pool did in its day, will serve a useful purpose within the community.
Coming soon will be a library, along with a community health centre, boasting a pharmacy and a hydrotherapy suite.
Not far away on the current Cheltenham Road library site dozens of new apartments will be created.
It has been a somewhat protracted situation in the heart of Bishopston but city councillor Guy Poultney is right to describe the hand-over of the site as "exciting."
Many will echo his belief that the benefits of the scheme will be huge and the fact a new library is being created has to be a major plus point.
These days libraries all to often find themselves in the firing line when it comes to council cuts, so enhancing the service locally is good to see.