A GREAT Sutton man is spearheading a campaign to put back an open-air swimming pool in Rivacre Valley.
But Nigel Hunt wants to see something much more sophisticated than the old baths which were bulldozed in 1985.
He is suggesting a new pool features heated water and a retractable roof so it can be used in all weathers and throughout the year.
He also wants it to become the centrepiece of a major leisure complex, including an adventure park complete with a boating and fishing lake.
Mr Hunt, who works on the inspection team at Shell’s Stanlow complex and has spent years serving with the Territorial Army, came up with his grand vision for the local beauty-spot after reading in the Pioneer how the borough council is looking for a suitable site to house a replacement for the tumbledown EPIC leisure centre.
Mr Hunt, who recently returned from a stint serving in Afghanistan, has already sent letters outlining his plan to key local opinion-formers.
He said: “I have started a campaign to improve Ellesmere Port and local area leisure facilities, as I believe we are lacking in a main communal place of fun, leisure and a place to spend quality family time.
“With this in mind I am asking for support to have the Rivacre Baths re-built in its original location.
“This will allow it to be used all year round with the addition of utilising part of the valley as a boating and fishing lake, along with an adventure park area.”
He added: “I am sure this project will cost a lot of money and will need a lot of support, so I am sure it will become very political.
“It will need a community unity not seen for many years.
“Together we can ensure it happens but it is up to us to put the people in power that support this campaign so it may take several years, but will be well worth it.
“If we can think of Ellesmere Port, Chester and Neston as one united community, so we can vote into power all those who support this campaign. Forcing councillors and MPs to support us we will succeed.”
Mr Hunt wants potential supporters to either contact him by e-mailing email@example.com, or through the Pioneer at firstname.lastname@example.org