Campaigners reignite bid to save leisure centre in Queen's Park
PUBLISHED: 12:28 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:28 12 March 2014
Campaigners have reignited their bid to save their beloved sports centre in Queen's Park which faces the wrecking ball as part of a £19million leisure centre renovation project.
Residents from Save our Jubilee have lambasted plans to demolished and remove the swimming pool from the Jubilee Sports Centre in Caird Street, in favour for a smaller modern centre complete with side street terraces, in a letter of objection submitted to Westminster Council last month.
Labelling the plans as a vanity project, Julius Hogben, who has spearheaded the opposition campaign said: “The Jubilee is well loved in Queen’s Park and is very much used by locals, despite what the council says.”
“We want and need the pool in this area more than we need expensive homes.”
Moberly Sports Centre in Kilburn Lane, Queen’s Park, will also be destroyed and replaced modern sports facilities including two swimming pools and an eight court sports hall and a series of street side terraces, as part of the multi-million pound project.
Cllr Steve Summers, Westminster Council’s cabinet member for the community said the plans will totally transform the sport and leisure offer in the Queen’s Park area.
“We have worked with the local community on our plans and as a result will retain a community hub by building a new sports facility at the Jubilee site; this along with an improved synthetic sports pitch at St Augustine’s School, upgrade to the free to access games area as well as the addition of outdoor gym equipment in Queen’s Park Gardens will provide local residents with a high quality mix of sport and leisure facilities.
“In a direct response to the community consultation we will also be providing replacement affordable homes as part of the plans.”
The decision date has yet to be finalised.