Residents want community asset to replace Bishopsworth baths
RESIDENTS want a "community asset" to replace the former Bishopsworth swimming baths.
They spoke out about their hopes for the site of the popular pool at a public meeting which attracted 120 people.
Following the meeting at St Peter's Church on Thursday, Bishopsworth councillor Richard Eddy said he believed residents felt short-changed by the closure of the baths in Whitchurch Road in February.
He said: "On a wet and windy evening, I was very impressed that well over 100 people demonstrated their fervour for the popular pool.
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"There was a widespread view that Bishopsworth had been short- changed by the shutting of our neighbourhood baths and local residents wanted to see some form of all-age community asset take its place.
"Planners can not afford to ignore the site's origins at the centre of Bishopsworth and there is also majority support for erecting a memorial to our wartime dead."
At the meeting, campaigners agreed to set up a steering group to lead the formulation of a planning brief for the redevelopment of the site.
Bristol City Council's environment and leisure service director Colleen Bevan, development control manager Ron Moss and Jason Bailey, from property services, fielded questions from the audience.
Mr Bailey said an archeological study had been commissioned and that the council had no particular plans for the site, which covers almost one acre of land and has been occupied by the pool for 40 years.
The pool was closed as a new Olympic-sized, 50-metre swimming pool was opened in Hengrove Park.