Why not build a swimming pool here?

PUBLISHED: 15:12 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009

The famous landmark building

The famous landmark building

CALLS for a swimming pool at a new development have fallen on deaf ears, according to the Lib Dems. They claim that plans for the former Shredded Wheat factory site are short-sighted. Former Handside councillor Nigel Quinton, who lost his seat at this

CALLS for a swimming pool at a new development have fallen on deaf ears, according to the Lib Dems.

They claim that plans for the former Shredded Wheat factory site are short-sighted.

Former Handside councillor Nigel Quinton, who lost his seat at this month's election, said the Lib Dems were not alone in their disappointment.

He said: "Consultants said that a pool would fit nicely with the original concept of a mixed use development combining employment, leisure, high-density housing and a combined heat and power (CHP) facility.

"CHPs are ideal for providing the energy required for a pool, and this would go a long way to making a pool an affordable option.

"The consultants are clearly as disappointed as we are that the plans have taken a backwards step.

"This was supposed to be an opportunity to reclaim and extend the vision of Ebenezer Howard - now it looks like we can kiss goodbye to the town ever regaining its reputation as a beacon of social design - it's a huge missed opportunity."

Mr Quinton is calling for a pool to be included in the masterplan for the site, the majority of which is owned by supermarket giant Tesco.

Lib Dem leader Tony Skottowe, who co-founded the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust, added: "This would be a perfect opportunity to launch a competition and invite some of the best architects to create another 'special place' as did the town's original creators back in the 1920s.

"And you never know, Tesco might like to sponsor this?"

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokeswoman said: "In terms of including a swimming pool on the site there is significant space given over to leisure use in the masterplan.

"If a developer wished to include a pool then, in principle, this would be in keeping with the draft masterplan although we would need to take into account details of such a proposal.


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