Spelthorne Borough Council is proposing a new leisure centre building and sports pitches.

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute during the early stages of the consultation.

 

We received more than 2,000 responses to the first phase of the consultation, reflecting a wide range of views from many sections of the community. While there is clearly significant support for a new leisure centre and sports facilities that will better serve the needs of the borough’s residents, the council has accepted that many people have concerns about its possible location. The team is happy to announce that Staines Park has been ruled out as a possible location for any new development.

 

We look forward to the second phase of consultation which will begin shortly. If you would like to get in touch, please find our contact details below.

Spelthorne Borough Council has announced that Staines Park has been ruled out as the Leisure Centre location.

 

At a meeting of the controlling Conservative Group of Spelthorne Borough Council on Monday 17 September it was unanimously agreed to exclude development on any part of Staines Park, also known as Commercial Park, as a potential site for the proposed replacement Leisure Centre, including for clarity, on the Staines Bowls Club site.

 

Members recognised that the local concern expressed and the value residents place on this local amenity. This means that Staines Park will be excluded from further consideration of any potential new Leisure Centre sites and will not be built on.

 

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of the Council, said: "We fully recognise the level of local concern this has raised and I am very happy to confirm that any new Leisure Centre will not be built there. This is local democracy at work and we appreciate the passion with which local residents have made their views understood. I have always said it was "not a done deal" and this proves it conclusively. I can also confirm that other rumours about building houses on the park are completely untrue and appear to be promulgated by mischief-makers. There are no plans, never have been, and none will be proposed by any administration I lead. We are now addressing how we can preserve and enhance this park as an open space amenity for future generations."

 

Cllr Maureen Attewell, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: "We remain committed to providing the best possible leisure facilities for the residents of Spelthorne, and our search for the best alternative location continues."

 

Cllrs Jean Pinkerton and Mark Francis, Staines Town Councillors, jointly said: "It is good that the voice of local residents has been heard and listened to and we hope they will support our ultimate proposals, which of course will be fully consulted on."

 

Cllr Sinead Mooney, Surrey County Councillor for Staines, said: "This proves our Conservative led Council is a listening Council, and will remain so. I look forward to seeing lots of our residents continuing to enjoy the park."

 

Kwasi Kwarteng, MP for Spelthorne, said "I welcome this decision. I am pleased that residents' concerns have been heard by the Council. I strongly believe that Spelthorne Borough Council will do the right thing in finding an appropriate site for the new leisure centre which will benefit all our residents."'

 

Spelthorne Borough Council confirms that their officers are continuing to assess another 50+ sites, having relaxed some of the initial criteria. They expect to be issuing further proposals for consultations in due course.

 

For more information please contact our community engagement team:

 

Spencer Neal

Freefone: 0800 061 4979

Mobile/SMS: 07798621395

info@spelthorneleisure.info

 

 

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About Keeble Brown

The public consultation is being led by Keeble Brown Ltd, an independent company that specialises in providing professional community and stakeholder relations.

 

Contact details

Spencer Neal

Director

Keeble Brown

0207 843 3194

spencer.neal@keeblebrown.com

Spelthorne Borough Council is proposing a new leisure centre building and sports pitches.

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute during the early stages of the consultation.

 

We received more than 2,000 responses to the first phase of the consultation, reflecting a wide range of views from many sections of the community. While there is clearly significant support for a new leisure centre and sports facilities that will better serve the needs of the borough’s residents, the council has accepted that many people have concerns about its possible location. The team is happy to announce that Staines Park has been ruled out as a possible location for any new development.

 

We look forward to the second phase of consultation which will begin shortly. If you would like to get in touch, please find our contact details below.

Spelthorne Borough Council is proposing a new leisure centre building and sports pitches.

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute during the early stages of the consultation.

 

We received more than 2,000 responses to the first phase of the consultation, reflecting a wide range of views from many sections of the community. While there is clearly significant support for a new leisure centre and sports facilities that will better serve the needs of the borough’s residents, the council has accepted that many people have concerns about its possible location. The team is happy to announce that Staines Park has been ruled out as a possible location for any new development.

 

We look forward to the second phase of consultation which will begin shortly. If you would like to get in touch, please find our contact details below.

Spelthorne Borough Council is proposing a new leisure centre building and sports pitches.

 

Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute during the early stages of the consultation.

 

We received more than 2,000 responses to the first phase of the consultation, reflecting a wide range of views from many sections of the community. While there is clearly significant support for a new leisure centre and sports facilities that will better serve the needs of the borough’s residents, the council has accepted that many people have concerns about its possible location. The team is happy to announce that Staines Park has been ruled out as a possible location for any new development.

 

We look forward to the second phase of consultation which will begin shortly. If you would like to get in touch, please find our contact details below.