Civic chiefs to discuss short list of River Park Leisure Centre proposals

Basingstoke Gazette: River Park: building on the footprint of the current site is one of the options. River Park: building on the footprint of the current site is one of the options.

CIVIC Chiefs will meet tomorrow to consider a shortlist of options on a replacement leisure centre for Winchester.

As reported in the Chronicle, officers will now present alternatives to the River Park Leisure Centre which include building on the footprint of the current site – an idea previously dismissed as too expensive and not presented for public consultation.

Many residents had been angry that the council’s prefer option, a new site at North Walls, involved a loss of green space.

The cabinet will consider three options tomorrow; building at Bar End, building on the site currently occupied by the leisure centre, or building on land currently occupied by the tennis courts, artificial pitch and the ‘minimum necessary additional land’ next to the courts.

Last week council leader Keith Wood denied the new list of options represented a U-turn.

“There is no U-turn. It’s terribly easy to criticise this whole thing: we have no shortage of people telling us what we should not do, but very few people telling us what we should do.

“We have been completely open but people assume there is a secret agenda. There is no secret agenda.”

On Monday, February 17, the council’s overview and scrutiny committee will meet to review the three options.

It is understood the plans will then go to the full council for a vote.

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6:54pm Tue 11 Feb 14

winchesterfit says...

River Park Leisure Centre is now closing due to flooding. It really is time to rethink how that area might be redeveloped in a way that is more appropriate and allows for 'managed flooding' not flood crisis management.

There are also lots of people who work in the sports sector locally who have been working very hard to develop sensible and strategic proposals for new sports and recreational facilities for Winchester, and offering to help the Council deliver them. The community proposals are at www.fit4thefuture.or
g and are supported by a petition with almost 3500 signatures. That sounds like lots of constructive input right there - the Leader of the Council needs to listen harder.
River Park Leisure Centre is now closing due to flooding. It really is time to rethink how that area might be redeveloped in a way that is more appropriate and allows for 'managed flooding' not flood crisis management. There are also lots of people who work in the sports sector locally who have been working very hard to develop sensible and strategic proposals for new sports and recreational facilities for Winchester, and offering to help the Council deliver them. The community proposals are at www.fit4thefuture.or g and are supported by a petition with almost 3500 signatures. That sounds like lots of constructive input right there - the Leader of the Council needs to listen harder. winchesterfit

1:25pm Thu 13 Feb 14

campfreddie says...

The Leader of Winchester City Council has temporarily closed the River Park Leisure Centre (much to my wife's disgust) and has turned the Park into a temporary boating lake to gauge public opinion before making any decisions os the the long term future of the area.
The Leader of Winchester City Council has temporarily closed the River Park Leisure Centre (much to my wife's disgust) and has turned the Park into a temporary boating lake to gauge public opinion before making any decisions os the the long term future of the area. campfreddie

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