Exciting plans for a brand new £12.5 million swimming pool, sports centre and community hub have been given the go ahead after the majority of residents supported the idea.
At the end of last year, the council asked residents to have their say on proposals to invest money in a brand new facility in the south east of the city. 1800 responses were received with a clear majority (63%) saying they agree with the proposal to build a new combined facility at Bransbury Park. Just 22% disagreed with the idea.
The council is now having further discussions with users of the existing community centre at Bransbury Park, along with the users of both Eastney Pool and Wimbledon Park Sports Centre, to decide the right mix of facilities. This could include a new gym, sports hall and two pools, including a learner pool, as well as meeting rooms and other facilities needed to replace the existing community centre.
Cllr Steve Pitt said: “We made a promise that we would bring forward plans to either completely refurbish, rebuild or replace Eastney Pool and Wimbledon Park Sports Centre. It was important that the public decide which option they preferred and there is very strong support for combining these facilities into a brand new centre at Bransbury Park. We want to reassure residents that this will not involve the loss on any of the existing grassed areas and plans will need to address concerns over parking.”
“It's so important that local people have their say on each aspect of this new centre. There will be multiple opportunities to shape things moving forward including the current survey.”
£10.5 million funding has been allocated for the project. The council is also hoping to get a further £2 million from Sport England funding. No decisions have been made on the futures of Eastney Swimming Pool or Wimbledon Park Sport Centre.
For the latest information visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk/sportandleisure
We've also put together an FAQs page to help answer people's questions about this exciting new development.
*Survey closes 21st March 2021