Give former swimming pool a new lease of life
THE former Bishopsworth swimming pool will open its doors on Saturday for anyone interested in giving the site a new lease of life.
Bristol City Council is currently seeking "expressions of interest" following the pool's closure in February.
In April, local residents packed a public meeting at St Peter's Church, Bishopsworth, which decided to set up a steering group – as part of the Dundry View Neighbourhood Partnership – to map out the future potential of the site.
Since then, the steering group has met on a number of occasions, secured and maintained the site and established a process for establishing community need.
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Ward Councillor Richard Eddy (Con, Bishopsworth) who is a member of the steering group, said the council had no pre-conceived plan for what should happen to the site and hoped that potential community-use organisations or commercial operators would take use of this opportunity.
He said: "The former Bishopsworth swimming pool stands at the heart of the old village and we are determined that this crucial spot will play as large a role in the future of the community as it has in the past.
"We have already conducted a survey of existing community facilities and requirements, but wish to see what the voluntary or private sector may envisage for this important site.
"Both the deadline of the end of the year for expressions of interest and the half-day opportunity to tour the building should encourage parties which have positive ideas for the use of the old pool."
The premises will be open on Saturday between 10am and 1pm.
Any organisation or individuals who are interested in re-using the 40-year old building should contact Jason Bailey in the council's corporate property department.