Sir Steve Bullock has written about the decisions facing him next week:
It is my unshakeable belief that the people of Forest Hill and the surrounding area, particularly the young people, are entitled to first class, modern leisure facilities. Where these can be delivered using existing buildings of architectural merit it is right to do so. The recent refurbishment of Forest Hill Library that improved both the fabric of the building and the facilities in the library is a good example of this.
My personal preference would almost always be to retain and refurbish old buildings rather than build new – however good the quality of design. However my job as mayor is not to impose my personal preferences on the borough regardless of cost or consequence – my job is to secure the services and facilities that the people of the borough require in as timely and economical way as is consistent with good practice and the law.
In the case of Forest Hill Pools I allowed my personal preferences to influence my decision making up to the point where the weight of evidence dictated an alternative course must be taken. [more]