Giant zipline plan for Somerset town rejected but pool hopes continue

Calls to install a giant zipline on a hill in Nailsea have been rejected – but the vision to build a new swimming pool in the town remains ‘on the table’. Both were ideas put forward by locals as part of a consultation on how the council should spend a financial windfall of almost £2million.

Nailsea Borough Council has received almost £1.6million following the sale of land in Engine Lane for housing – with other payments also due. He also received £183,000 in cash from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – money also given to local authorities by the developers.

The city council organized a consultation, asking residents how the money should be spent, with more than 800 ideas put forward. These included installing a zip line from the top of Morgan’s Hill to the bottom for local children to use.

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Other suggestions included a water park and fulfilling the long-held dream of building a swimming pool in the city. Advisors have now started sifting through the ideas to decide what to take forward for further discussion.

And although the zip line and splash pool have been questioned, the pool proposals – requested by more than 100 people during the consultation – remain on the table for further discussion.

Other ideas put forward include the idea of ​​introducing an all-electric city bus service, an outdoor gym and a running track. Proposals for new and revamped playgrounds, community gardens and cycle paths have also moved to the next stage.

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Further work will now be carried out on the first tranche of ideas put forward and the feasibility of bringing them to fruition will be studied. Nailsea City Council Clerk Jo Duffy said: “Many ideas have been put forward as part of the consultation.

“This was the first meeting to decide which ones needed further consideration. Due to the volume of responses, there will also be other meetings to review the rest of the suggestions.

“We’re going to go through each individual idea and discuss it on its merits and whether it’s something that’s feasible. It may be with some of the ideas that the city council is seeking additional sources of funding or working with d other partners to move them forward.

“There is still a lot of work to do.”