January 14, 2008
Outrage over plans for 34 homes on swimming pool site
Burnham-On-Sea.com has obtained shocking evidence that proves
34 homes have been earmarked for the land currently occupied by
Burnham's swimming pool.
battling to save the pool say these images - which have been leaked
to Burnham-On-Sea.com by an anonymous source - "completely
destroy" the argument from the district council that it is
shutting the pool purely because it is making a £250,000
a year loss.
plans were originally circulated among council officials in December
2006, demonstrating that plans to build on the site have long
show that nine town houses, thirteen 3-bed homes, two 2-bed homes,
and 19 1-bed homes are planned for the site in Berrow Road if
the swimming pool does shut down.
Ashton, Chairman of the Save Our Swimming Pool (SOS) campaign
group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These images completely
destroy the claim from Sedgemoor that there have been no discussions
about building on the site of the swimming pool."
council claimed the key reason for shutting the pool was budgetary
reasons. We weren't told that they planned to turn the site into
a money-making venture."
estimate that the 34 dwellings could each be sold for an average
of £100,000 and this would generate £3.4 million.
It is disgraceful."
District Council's Executive Committee is due to decide on Wednesday
(January 16th) whether the proposed closure goes ahead. The council
claims the pool's annual £250,000 running costs and £2m
of repairs make the site too expensive to run, particularly in
light of its £1.8m funding shortfall.
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