Consultation coming on town leisure strategy
A new leisure strategy for Stone by Stafford Borough Council states that an ideal solution for the town would be to build a new leisure centre on Westbridge Park, including a 25m swimming pool, to replace the ageing current facility.
Consultation experts are to be appointed to get the views of people in and around Stone on the leisure strategy, which goes before the Council’s Cabinet at their next meeting on Tuesday 6th November. You can see the full report to Cabinet and the Stone Leisure Strategy by clicking here - Stone Leisure Strategy
The leisure strategy says the cost of providing new facilities would be “significant” and would need “widespread public support” before going ahead with future investment. Neither the strategy nor report to Cabinet states how any new leisure facilities in Stone will be funded.
The strategy says the “optimum position” would be to relocate key elements of the sporting provision at Alleyne’s Sports Centre to a new, purpose-built facility at Westbridge Park, replacing the current leisure centre there. The new facility at Westbridge Park would include a 25m swimming pool. The report to Cabinet says Westbridge Park’s leisure centre was built in 1989 and only had a life expectancy of 12 years.
But the council’s leisure strategy for Stone, which people will be able to comment on shortly, also stresses a need for an area of open space to be set aside at Westbridge Park to accommodate community events like Stone Festival and the Food and Drink Festival.
Ian Thompson, borough council chief executive, said: “There is a significant cost involved in proposals to enhance the leisure offer in Stone and we want to be assured that it is what people who live and work in the north of the borough want before committing to future investment.
“I know this issue has received a lot of attention in and around Stone so I expect to see many views and comments from all sections and ages of the community who care about their area when this consultation gets underway.”
He added: “We have some excellent facilities serving Stafford – with the Leisure centre and fantastic new play area in Victoria Park for example – and we want to provide a similar quality of offer in the north of our borough.”
The cabinet is set to approve the appointment at a meeting on Tuesday 6th November, with the consultation expected in the New Year.