North Bristol swimming pool site to become community hub
RESIDENTS living near the former Bristol North swimming pool have had the chance to look at the latest plans for its regeneration.
A special launch night was held yesterday to celebrate the beginning of the scheme on Gloucester Road.
The building will become known as Bishopston Community Centre, and will see the former pool turned into a library and community health centre, including a pharmacy and hydrotherapy suite.
Up to 40 apartments will also be built on the current Cheltenham Road Library site.
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The keys to the property were last month handed to developers Chatsworth Homes (Bristol) Ltd by the council, following the exchange of legal contracts. It ended years of wrangling over the future of the site and a concerted effort several years ago by a pressure group to try to save the pool.
The general view of residents looking at the plans last night was positive. Many said they were happy that something was finally going to happen to the site, after years of waiting.
Nearby householder Mike Grant, 42, who lives in Brookfield Avenue, told the Post: "I think it's great that it's being brought back into use for the community.
"Our concerns when it was left derelict were that it would have deteriorated year after year.
"It's wonderful that work is finally starting.
"This area of Gloucester Road is perfect for a community hub and it will be of great benefit to us.
"I remember coming swimming here as a kid and have fond memories of it – I'm glad I'll still be able to use this building."
Clive Goodman, 44, who lives in Berkeley Road, said: "It's good to see something happening with the building, rather than it just lying empty and derelict.
"The plans look good – I'm especially happy that it will have a decent sized car park."
Andrew Hawkins, 55, who lives in Sixth Avenue, Filton, also has happy memories of the site.
"I used to come here with my sister and am really happy that it will be brought back into community use," he said.
"It's a great Grade II listed building and deserves to be preserved, so I'm glad they are going to retain some of the original features."
Kevin Batt, managing director of Chatsworth Homes (Bristol) Ltd, said: "We held this event to give everyone the opportunity to see what we are doing with this building.
"The fact that it's taken us five years to get it off the ground to where we are now has been a big struggle with all sorts of challenges.
"We are pleased to be bringing a community hub to this area of Gloucester Road – we are bringing a wonderful building back to life."