THIS is what the new Waterfront outdoor events space, which could replace Bournemouth’s hated Imax building, could look like.

The striking artist’s impression was released as Bournemouth council revealed that Imax site redevelopment plans had sparked just 11 public responses.

Time is running out with comments on the planning application, which is likely to go before civic planners on September 24, closing tomorrow.

Of the few people that did comment, many aired the view that demolishing the Waterfront building was a waste of money and that the town needed a wet weather complex.

One said: “It’s a great shame to demolish a solid, recently constructed building, simply because the council have been unable to find a use for it.

“It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money for the council to destroy an asset that it spent £6.5m pounds acquiring.

“Moreover, to demolish this building sends a message of abject failure with regards to large-scale redevelopment projects in Bournemouth.”

And another stated: “Tragic waste of a good substantial building with masses of potential. A lot of money wasted too.”

But the plans have been welcomed by the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association, on the condition the site is not used for amusement rides and that demolition takes place out of season.

Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth council, said he was confident there was strong public opinion in favour of demolishing the controversial building, which was once voted one of the ugliest in the UK.

And he said previous consultation proved there was support for the idea of an outdoor events arena.

“We know that local people will be glad to see the back of the Imax building, but it is what could be in its place that is really exciting,” he said.

“We want this to be a facility that local people and visitors will want to use and enjoy.

“Although this is an interim proposal until the Bournemouth Development Company can come forward with comprehensive plans for the wider area, there is no reason why a quality outdoor events space could not form part of these long-term plans if it proves to be a popular attraction.”