The Fort Regent swimming pool demolition could cost about £3.5 million but the funds are not available.
Infrastructure Minister Eddie Noel was this month intending to submit a planning application to demolish the pool, its adjoining walkway and cable car station station. Deputy Noel goes one step further and against the States previous plans of re-invigorating Fort Regent in their wasted multi-million pound plans that included a Sky Walk Way and more Sports facilities that never materialised, he states
‘I have been wanting to take down the pool for years but it is really a question of whether Treasury is able to provide us with the funds to do so. We still need to get planning permission to demolish it.’
However despite their plans and high costs already spent on vanishing plans to re-invigorate the Fort, he said that his department did not have the funding allocated to demolish the pool building, the Walk Way and Cable Car housing, the Pool Building which contains asbestos, because of recent ‘substantial’ losses to its budget.
He then goes on to blame this on the recent States’ decision to delay a debate about a proposed waste charge – which was said to have the potential to bring in £11.35 million annually – as well as further costs expected to be incurred at the new sewage works.