Council gives green light for £17.9 million leisure centre in Farnham Road

James Hockaday

James Hockaday

Council gives green light for £17.9 million leisure centre in Farnham Road

The demolition of The Centre in Farnham Road in Slough to make way for a new leisure centre was approved by the council’s planning committee last night.

The £17.9m centre, delegated to the planning manager for further approval, will have a 25-metre eight-lane swimming pool, a learner pool, five-court sports hall, fitness suite, changing facilities, cafe, activity zone and dance studios.

Slough Borough Council, which proposed the new project, intends on the centre acting as a central community hub for Slough.

At the meeting, held at The Centre, Cllr James Swindlehurst (Lab, Cippenham Green) said The Centre 'ended up being much less of a community hub than the previous building'.

He added: “I think trying to get the pool back here and getting it back to the levels people used to enjoy it will really make the difference."

Concerns were previously raised over original plans to provide 95 car parking spaces for the leisure centre, significantly fewer than the current 200 at The Centre.

However, the committee acknowledged that the 85 spaces in the council-owned car park in nearby Whitby Road could be used by leisure centre users as part of the scheme.

Special Projects Manager for SBC, Howard Albertini, said more information on the impact the new project would have on nearby traffic is still needed.

Construction of the leisure centre, which is part of SBC’s £33.4m leisure strategy, is expected to take two years to complete with a finish date set for autumn 2018.

Also approved by the planning committee at the meeting was the construction of a four pump, self service petrol station at the Telford Drive ASDA site.

A member of the public who objected at the meeting was concerned about the would-be station’s proximity to houses and was worried about pollution caused by petrol spillages.

Seven four-bedroom and four three-bedroom houses were approved to be built in the Cross Keys, Chalvey High Street.

A new Jaguar Land Rover dealership was approved by the committee to be built on the Slough Trading Estate.

Revised plans for the car parking of a new secondary school south of Kings Reach, approved in January, were also examined and delegated to the planning manager.

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