Revised plans for £17m sports centre in Queen's Park unveiled
PUBLISHED: 16:06 01 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:06 01 May 2013
Jubilee Sports Centre will lose its pool but two will be built at the Moberly Sports Centre instead
Revised plans have been unveiled this week on the future for two leisure centres, after the original outlines were vigorously opposed by campaigners.
Jubilee Sports Centre in Caird Street, Queens Park, will still lose its swimming pool despite calls from opponents, who gathered 5,500 signatures last summer in opposition to the plans.
A new 25-metre pool and a smaller “learner” pool will be built in a £17million redevelpoment at the Moberly Sports Centre in Kilburn Lane, Queen’s Park, instead.
Part of the revised deal will see a new synthetic-surface football pitch for St Augustine’s School in Oxford Road, Kilburn, made available for community use, while Queen’s Park Gardens next to the Jubilee Sports Centre will get an “outdoor gym” installed and the hardstanding replaced with a free-to-use games area for basketball and similar sports.
Much as before, the Jubilee Sports Centre site will be replaced with a “community sports centre” housing a three-court sports hall and flexible community and activity space.
Alongside the pools, Moberley will offer an eight-court sports hall, boxing hall, health suite, gym, dance studios, multi-use hall and flexible community and activity space.
Improvements will also be made to Ilbert Street to make it a safer route between the revitalised Moberly centre and the Jubilee centre.
The rest of the site will be given over to new homes, but developers Wilmott Dixon point out the revised plans – drawn up in consultation with community and sports groups – provide 40 per cent more sports and leisure space than is currently provided, without a cost to the taxpayer.
The sites will also have 156 homes built on them – 75 at the Moberly site and 81 at the Jubilee site, including a mix of four-bedroom townhouses and one and two-bedroom flats.
Money that would usually be required for wider community improvements when building so many homes is instead being fed directly into providing the new leisure facilities.
An exhibition of the plans will be held at the Jubilee Sports Centre on May 10, from 10am to 4pm, and at the Moberly Sports and Education Centre on May 11, from 10am to 4pm. More information is also available at www.westminster.gov.uk/activequeenspark.