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Stone Leisure Centre – Have your say

Stafford Borough Council are asking residents for their views on the new multi-million pound leisure centre promised for Westbridge Park

Stone Leisure Centre - Westbridge Park

Stone Leisure Centre – Westbridge Park

The above image has been released by Stafford Borough with a planning application for the scheme to be submitted next month.

The centre would bring facilities under one-roof in Stone with a six lane 25 metre swimming pool alongside gym and fitness studios. But before the application is submitted, residents and organisations will have the chance to give their feedback on the proposed centre.

Members of the development team will be at the current Westbridge Park Fitness Centre where people can find out more about the design of the new building. A questionnaire will be available on the day and from the Borough Council’s website. People and businesses will also get another opportunity to give their views as part of the normal planning application process next month.

Officers will be meeting with Stone Town Council and other key stakeholders as part of the consultation.

In the summer the Borough Council will be back again collecting views of residents and organisations on plans for a multi-use games area, skate-park and new play facilities as part of the leisure offer for Stone.

The plans are part of a £9.5 million investment in the town’s leisure – and the Borough Council say tax will not be raised to fund building the development.

The consultation days at Westbridge Park Fitness Centre will be held from 8am to 7pm on Thursday and Friday the 23rd and 24th of March. The online questionnaire will be available at www.staffordbc.gov.uk from 10am on Monday 20 March for a week.

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure said:

“We want to hear from local people, and those that use the centre, so they can tell us what they think and help us shape our plans.

“This is a very significant investment in Stone. It would be the biggest investment the Council had made from its own resources in the borough for decades.

“Our agenda is very clear. We want to deliver a brand new leisure centre that people want, with the facilities under one roof, without burdening local tax payers. This major investment in leisure will provide great facilities for the people of Stone for many years and comes at a time when other councils are closing theirs to save money.”

He added:

“I hope people will be able to get along to Westbridge Park to talk to the team during those two days but you will also get the opportunity to make comments to the Council when the application is submitted in a few weeks time as part of the normal planning process.”

 

One comment

  1. What a disappointment.
    Why not ask for comment on the whole scheme rather than just the leisure centre.
    4 years ago when this development was first discussed, we were promised :-
    1. All the leisure facilities in one place for economies in running costs.
    2. An enhanced children’s play facility ‘like Stafford Victoria Park’, was said in discussions about the proposal, this includes a sand play area and a water play area and lots of interesting rides and climb.
    3. an older childrens play area and skateboard park.
    All these for about £4 million

    None of these are fulfilled by the proposed plan.

    If we summarise what we currently have against what is proposed:-
    current 2 facilities proposed 2 facilities
    current 1 pool : proposed 1 pool
    Current 1 gym: proposed 1 gym
    current 1 childrens play area: proposed the same childrens play area
    current 1 skateboard area ( derelict) : none proposed
    current 2 tennis courts: none proposed
    current estimate £ 8.5 million

    Some how it doesn’t seem like good vale to me

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