Indoor swimming pool remains a pipe dream
Plans under fire
27 January 2020 | Local News
The Swakopmund Aesthetic Committee rejected yet another design for development on the site of the former Swakopmund indoor pool (erf 4747) that was presented in September 2019, the Swakopmund Residents Association (SRA) said in a newsletter. It added however, that town council can override their decision.
According to the newsletter, NamPort also withdrew its previous approval after the latest design was presented, as the proposed building “could block the lighthouse’s revolving light”.
However, the port authority was unable to confirm this when asked about the matter.
The design presented in September 2019 includes a building that rises 30 meters and has eight floors.
In the newsletter, the SRA criticized the fact that a petition submitted by its representative at town council, Wilfried Groenewald “several years ago”, had not yet been discussed. The petition was signed by about 2 150 people who expressed their displeasure about the planned development, especially with regards to the height of the building which remains a matter of dispute.
The SRA describes the latest draft design as an “unattractive and uncoordinated large block”, adding that it is a “greedy design proposed by developers who care little (about Swakopmund’s atmosphere)”.
The former indoor pool on the 6 085m² property was destroyed five years ago and fenced off with sheet metal. However, some structures remain in which several homeless people have moved in.
“There are definitely over ten young beggars who live there all the time,” a car guard who works at the Mole car park said.
“There is a horrible smell and it is an eyesore. Town council should really do something about it. We noticed that there has been a drop in visitors because of this eyesore – all this while Swakopmund recently celebrated being chosen as Town of the Year.”