First look at plans for Westbridge Park
Well, here it is. Stafford Borough Council’s vision for Westbridge Park. What do you think?
The map will be included in the leaflet that will be dropping through doors across Stone next week to start the consultation into the borough’s plans for the park.
Here’s an image to show the plan against Westbridge Park as it currently stands that was put together by the ‘New Leisure Centre for Westbridge Park’ Facebook page.
Make sure you take part and have your say in the consultation, which is online at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/westbridgepark. A number of consultation events will also be held in and around Stone at the end of February/early March. They’re included in this press release from the borough council, which was issued today and is published here in full:
Chance to make views known on popular park
Residents and businesses in Stone are to get the chance to have their say on plans for new leisure facilities in the town’s Westbridge Park.
Thousands of leaflets will be landing on doorsteps across the town asking for views on the proposals that will see a new leisure centre with 25m swimming pool, a fitness gym and aerobic studios, new play area and teenage facilities on the park.
The guides, scouts and canoe club will also remain on the site as part of the plans.
And Stafford Borough Council has said the open space and events area at the park will be retained and improved so that it can still host popular annual events such as the Food and Drink Festival, Stone Festival and Bonfire Night.
A number of exhibitions will also take place in and around Stone as part of the public consultation to let people see, and comment on, the plans.
The council already pledged to put in a ‘substantial’ amount of money into the scheme – based on savings achieved from new, more efficient buildings and bringing the leisure facilities together onto one site. But the project will also require funding from selling off a small section of the council-owned park to developers for a food store. The store would be smaller than the town’s existing Morrisons.
Councillor Mike Heenan, Leader of the Council, said: “We think this is a very exciting opportunity for Stone and the north of the borough, combining some excellent new leisure facilities at Westbridge Park while still being able to host annual events such as the Stone Festival, Food and Drink Festival and Bonfire night.
“Our vision is to improve the offer in Stone, not just for today, but for future generations – although this will only happen if local people want it to happen. I’d urge everyone who cares about the future of leisure in Stone whether they be residents, businesses or visitors, to tell us if you want to see these plans come to fruition.”
The events will be held on:
- Wednesday 27th February at Eccleshall Community Centre, Shaws Lane, ST21 6AU between 11am and 2pm
- Wednesday 27th February at Barlaston Methodist Church, Park Drive, ST12 9DP from 4.30pm until 7.30pm
- Thursday 28th February at Christ Church Centre, Christ Church Way, Stone, ST15 8ZB between 4pm and 8pm
- Saturday 2nd March at Alleyne’s High School, Oulton Road, Stone, ST15 8DT from 10.30am until 2.30pm.
Leaflets regarding the consultation will be posted to residents in Stone and the local Parish Councils, as well as being made available in Stone Library, from Monday 4 February 2013. Information will also be available to view at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/westbridgepark from Friday 1 February 2013.
Meanwhile, Trent Vision Trust say a new supermarket would be much better at their planned development off the A34 near the fire station. More information HERE.