Plea for new leisure centre dismissed
Campaigner vows to continue battle for community
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.”