26 Jul New Sunningdale leisure centre in the pipeline
An agreement between Charters School and the Royal Borough has been signed to provide a new leisure centre in Sunningdale.
The initial plans are for a brand new council leisure centre built near the school in Charters Road, Sunningdale, which would be open for the whole community to access, including during school hours. The proposed council facility would include a six-lane 25m swimming pool, sports hall, a health suite, a 50 station gym and a dance studio, as well as dry and wet changing facilities.
The existing leisure centre at the school will remain open throughout construction. After work is completed it will complement the facilities on offer in the new centre offering the community and pupils a wide range of resources.
Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to provide the whole community with a centre they can enjoy. The new Sunningdale Leisure Centre will provide a wide range of facilities to help people keep active and try out a whole host of new activities. As we build a borough for everyone it is vital that we ensure that today’s residents, and the next generation, can continue to access leisure facilities just like this, right in the heart of their community.”
Cllr David Hilton, ward member for Ascot and Cheapside and principal member for Ascot regeneration, said:
“I am delighted that we are able to provide this council facility near the school. It is evidence of the council’s commitment to support the borough with the infrastructure that residents would wish to see. We anticipate it will be available to the school as well as other local schools and we hope to see swimming lessons being provided to the wider school community.”
The proposal includes increased parking on site and extended parking opposite the school in Charters Road. It will also be accompanied by a full traffic plan including work to ease congestion at peak times and ensure that residents, leisure centre visitors, students and school staff can access the area as easily and safely as possible. Richard Pilgrim, co-headteacher of Charters School, said:
“Charters School and the entire community will benefit hugely from this decision. We would like to thank our local councillors who, with the school, have been campaigning for this facility to be provided on our site for many years. It’s excellent news!”