Plea for new leisure cen­tre dis­missed

Cam­paigner vows to con­tinue bat­tle for com­mu­nity

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Matt Strud­wick

A PE­TI­TIONER cam­paign­ing for a new leisure cen­tre for Stan­well says coun­cil­lors were too quick to re­ject the plans.

Vicki Kapoor Sood’s com­bined pa­per and on­line pe­ti­tion, which was signed by 1,261 peo­ple, was dis­missed by 20 votes to five dur­ing a Spelthorne Bor­ough Coun­cil meet­ing on April 28.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the coun­cil was quick to dis­miss the pe­ti­tion,” she said. “If Spelthorne Bor­ough Coun­cil can­not sup­port the leisure cen­tre in Stan­well, they should have at least met us half­way and con­sid­ered some­thing smaller like a hall with sports fa­cil­i­ties.

“How­ever, they are not in­ter­ested in even meet­ing us half­way on this and that’s how much in­ter­est Spelthorne Bor­ough Coun­cil has in help­ing our Stan­well com­mu­nity.”

The pe­ti­tion re­ceived sup­port from In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Quentin Edg­ing­ton, Labour’s Su­san Do­ran and Lib­eral Democrats San­dra Dunn, Bernie Spoor and Ian Beardsmore.

Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Kevin Flurry signed the pe­ti­tion in sup­port but was un­able to at­tend the meet­ing last month due to a fam­ily be­reave­ment.

The Stan­well North ward coun­cil­lor said he would like to see more fa­cil­i­ties avail­able for young­sters in the vil­lage.

“I would like to sit around a ta­ble with Mrs Kapoor Sood and at least come up with some­thing for the young­sters,” he said. “I did sign the pe­ti­tion for the leisure cen­tre, al­though I ac­tu­ally said it was highly un­likely to go to Stan­well as it has to be cen­tral for ev­ery­one. The coun­cil just couldn’t af­ford a cen­tre for the peo­ple of Stan­well, as much as I may like it.”

Mrs Kap­por Sood said Heathrow Air­port has al­ready in­di­cated a ‘con­sid­er­able sum of money’ could be made avail­able for projects such as hers if a third run­way re­ceived govern­ment ap­proval.

“In the mean­time, we, the com­mu­nity, are ob­tain­ing fund­ing from in­ter­ested com­pa­nies for an ath­let­ics track that will help our schools and all the com­mu­nity,” she said. “Un­for­tu­nately, we have to con­tinue to bat­tle for ev­ery­thing.”

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