Consultants employed by Waverley Council have identified that dramatic improvements are needed to leisure centres in Farnham, Godalming, and Cranleigh.
BUT A COMPLETELY NEW 12.7m LEISURE CENTRE IN A NEW LOCATION IS PROPOSED FOR CRANLEIGH NEW TOWN –
This includes almost £1m coming from development consented at Dunsfold Aerodrome? Or maybe not following yesterday’s decision by the High Court to grant objectors to the Local Plan, including Dunsfold Aerodrome, a Judicial Review!
Waverley accepts that there is to be a massive increase in the East’s population and its existing facilities are not fit for purpose so cannot cope with such a large influx of young families.
This week the EXECUTIVE gave the go-ahead for a detailed design and procurement to extend Farnham and Godalming leisure centres. And continue consulting on a new leisure centre in Cranleigh. It anticipates that over the next few years Godalming will have approximately 1,500 new homes, and Farnham 2,780, but although residents there are currently well served, with existing leisure facilities, improvements could be made. Haslemere Leisure Centre received a £4.2m refurbishment in 2014
It was agreed to set aside £3.2m to press ahead for a detailed specification for improvements at Farnham and Godalming leisure centers, subject to negotiations with Places for People on future management.’
Is this just for “the tendering process.” Or is it the cost of providing the new facilities?
Crest Nicholsons Blightwells scheme, which as we write doesn’t have the final planning consent necessary to commence development, will include an electricity sub-station slap bang in front of the leisure centre swimming pool windows. And, an access ramp is proposed for a new multi-story car park, within metres of the leisure centre main doors into its foyer!
Could be really healthy for those pursuing leisure as car fumes belch fumes into the building!! So no problem there then?
e.g. Farnham has the third worst air quality according to a recent SCC report coming third behind the M25 and the A231
Officers are to negotiate the management fee terms for the remainder of the existing contract with PfP, provided the extended facilities are delivered;
The Strategic Director in consultation with the Deputy Leader will also enter into an appropriate lease and/or contractual arrangements to enable the car park lease extension at Godalming Leisure Centre.
But the majority of the money to be spent is going into the East of the borough.
If the full council ratifies the Executive’s recommendations next week £12.7m (some borrowed) will provide a new leisure complex on a new site in Cranleigh. Officers will begin work on a detailed consultation with external consultants to identify a potential new location for the Cranleigh Leisure Centre and report back to Executive – “as a matter of urgency.”
These are the costings for remodeling the old centre in Village Way, Cranleigh at £8.7m or building a completely new facility on a new site at an estimated cost of £12.7m.
This has to be approved by the FULL COUNCIL.
The council said “We are going to work with the parish council to find a way forward” So what is Waverley’s cunning plan? Watch this space?
Here’s the link to the meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X6HyvL1WZs