Plans revealed to build swimming pool in Westbridge Park, Stone
A LEISURE centre which has around 1,000 members could be knocked down and rebuilt to include a swimming pool.
The ambitious project to replace the ageing sports hall building at Westbridge Park, Stone, is being considered by Stafford Borough Council.
The scheme could also involve incorporating some of the sports facilities at Alleyne's Sports Centre in the tow.
The authority is spending £20,000 on appointing consultants to undertake a community consultation on the future of leisure facilities in the town.
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The current leisure centre was built in 1989, with a life expectancy of 12 years, and was refurbished into a purpose built fitness gym in 2005.
If it is rebuilt, the new centre would be big enough to include:
A six-lane, 25m x 16m swimming pool with a 12.5m x 8m training pool;
A fitness gym to accommodate up to 80 pieces of equipment;
Three multi-purpose rooms to be used as aerobic studios;
A main hall, consultation and training rooms and reception.
A report to council states: "Redevelopment of facilities at Westbridge Park would offer an ideal opportunity to provide an optimum mix of sports facilities within the overall constraints of the site.
"Taking into account the condition of the existing facilities at Alleyne's Sports Centre and the current school and community programming, it is considered that an optimum position would be for some of the key elements of the sports facilities at Alleyne's to be relocated into a new, purpose-built facility at Westbridge Park, and to replace the obsolete sports hall building which currently houses the fitness facilities."
More than 3,000 people have backed a campaign to stop development plans at the park.
Residents fear green space could be swallowed up if the site is earmarked for a 'mixed use development' in the borough council's local plan.
Councillor Mike Smith, deputy leader and portfolio holder for leisure on the borough council, said: "As things stand, we have agreed to spend £20,000 on a consultation to go and find what the people of Stone want.
"The present building is getting on past its design life and my personal view is that sooner rather than later, Stone needs a new facility."
Town councillor Rob Kenney, who set up an e-petition called 'Keep Westbridge Park Green', said: "There is no way they could build something that size without it encroaching on the green area of the park.
"If they build it then I would have serious questions over how the council would fund it, and the rumour is a small supermarket would be built as part of the development.
"We have had a surge of around 750 signatures on the petition since the news of the consultation came out, so people are obviously concerned.
"People need to be asked if they want the new leisure centre in the first place and if they do, do they want it at the park or somewhere else."