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Mixed views on new leisure centre plans for Cascades in Tewkesbury

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 08, 2013


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PUBLIC opinion appears to be differing slightly over plans to build a new leisure centre in Tewkesbury.

Following Wednesday's announcement by the borough council that its preferred location for the development was within the grounds of its Gloucester Road site, the Echo yesterday sought opinion in the town on the subject.

And we found some people felt it was a good idea but others had serious concerns.

After emerging from a session in Cascades' pool, Marion Roope said she was pleased to see that it appeared something was happening at long last.

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The chairman of The Swimming Bath Trust, which owns Cascades, said there had been many false starts in recent years when the council had considered building a new leisure centre.

She said: "We have to have a new pool. It's so important to me.

"My mother Nellie Davies was one of those people who helped raised the money for Cascades to be built in 1969.

"She did so much and I have to see the work she put into the pool come to fruition."

But other users were not so positive about the council having earmarked Gloucester Road as its preferred site.

Pam Vallender, from Tewkesbury, said: "It would be dangerous for people getting up there on foot as they would have to cross the Gloucester Road. They are taking everything away from Tewkesbury town."

Other swimmers at the pool agreed that Cascades' central location, in Spring Gardens, was preferable to the council's edge-of-town one and they feared that there might not be enough parking space at the Gloucester Road site.

Tewkesbury Swimming Club's head coach, Kevin Walters, said building a new leisure centre was a must because of the poor condition of Cascades.

He said: "The managers do a fantastic job trying to keep it alive. It's on its last legs.

"It's like continually putting plasters on wounds, in terms of the pool."

The council has not made a final decision on whether to build a new centre but will investigate the matter further now it has a preferred site.

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  • locomotive123  |  June 12 2014, 3:17PM

    its about time tewkesbury came out of the ice age and welcomed NEW BUILDINGS not tired run down places

  • WATERBABY  |  March 27 2013, 11:59AM

    If you want to fix what is wrong with Cascades ....................you need to build a new one from scratch . Cascades is tired and as for holding competion events with up to 100 swimmers attending a meet its just not competitor or spectator friendly.

  • yeyornay  |  February 11 2013, 4:56PM

    Why do they want to rebuild it when there is nothing wrong with it the way it is?! They will only get rid of the slide and middle section which the kids love. The kids pool is also very warm for babies. Don't turn it into another GL1 please!!! Boring and very cold! Let's start a petition to leave it the way it is!!!!! Spend less money and just restore whatever is wrong with this one.

  • dontyaknow  |  February 08 2013, 6:24PM

    The Borough Council still own the land, The swimming baths trust own the building and all within it, The Borough Council operate it on behalf of the trust. I imagine the trust pays the Borough Council a token rent. Of course, the council has by it's own admission a desire to release the whole Spring Gardens site to developers, and there is enough room at Gloucester Road to build a worthy facility so I am sure this is where it will end up. I would rather see it rebuilt on the existing site - as it is central - but I honestly cannot see it happening - not only would we be 2 years without a pool, it will be a costly process. And I would rather see a first class facility in a second class location, than a second class facility in a prime location.

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  • vienna07  |  February 08 2013, 4:21PM

    My Grandparents also raised money to build Cascades and also buy the land which it was built on, if I remember correctly it is still owned by the people of Tewkesbury not the council - can anyone else remember?

  • badger12  |  February 08 2013, 9:59AM

    So basically they interviewed 3 people?

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