Residents back plans for new Stone leisure centre

Borough council bosses say they've had a positive response to plans for a new leisure centre in Stone.

More than 90% of the 200 people who took part in a consultation said they would use the new facilities which are earmarked for Westbridge Park.

The centre would house a six lane 25 metre swimming pool alongside gym and fitness studios. Just under 80% of those surveyed said it was important, or very important, to have those facilities under one roof.

Plans for two hours free parking were also welcomed.

The Stafford Borough Council-run swimming pool in Stone is currently based at Alleyne’s Academy and is used by the school under a shared agreement with the local authority, which will continue.

Feedback will be used to finalise plans before an application for the new centre is submitted later this month. 

The plans are part of an around £9.5 million investment in the town’s leisure.

Later in the summer the Council will be collecting views of residents and organisations on plans for a multi-use games area, skate-park and new play facilities in the town.

Richard Lawrence, Head of Economic Development and Planning at the Borough Council, said people would get another chance to comment on the plans when the planning application was submitted: “We want to provide a new leisure centre that can bring swimming, a gym and fitness studios under one roof, so it is good to see that the vast majority of people who took part in this consultation see this as important.

“We are now looking at the feedback from the questionnaires to help us put forward a final design which residents and businesses will have the chance to consider before it goes before the planning committee to make a decision.”


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