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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Bridge Park Sports Centre Redevelopment

Tomorrow's Executive has a long awaited report on redeveloping the Bridge Park Sports Centre in Stonebridge.  The existing sports centre was I believe originally a bus garage, and is really in need of very significant investment to bring it up to modern standards.

The basic idea of the new proposal is very similar to the redevelopment of Willesden Library Centre. There is a partial land sale to a developer to provide capital to rebuild the centre.  In this case, the sale would be to the landowner of the long derelict office buildings next door.  Redeveloping those into something productive would itself be an improvement worth having.

At present, the proposal is at an exploratory stage.  The things I would like more detail on as the project moves forward are:

1) What would the facilities of the new sports centre?
2) Would it have the same pricing structure and concessions as other Brent Sports Centres (as we secured by agreement in the Moberly sports centre)?
3) Is it possible to vary the archaic management arrangements?  The existing centre is one of the very few in London to be run directly by a Council.  This was a condition of the grant that built it back in the early 1980s.  It is likely that rolling it in with a wider leisure services contract would give the taxpayer a much better deal.

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