Have a look at your leisure (cen­tre)

Plans go on dis­play for pro­posed ‘life­style’ pool, gym, cafe and li­brary

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - JASMINE RAPSON jasmine.rapson@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter

PLANS for a state-ofthe-art leisure cen­tre in Amersham have been show­cased this month – prompt­ing fears too few park­ing spa­ces have been pro­posed for the site.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil (CDC) has been work­ing on plans to re­place the “un­sus­tain­able” Chiltern Pools in King Ge­orge V Road with a new ‘life­style cen­tre’ – which would in­clude a 25-me­tre pool, g y m , cafe and li­brary.

The pro­pos­als went on dis­play at pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion event last week – with two more set to take place be­fore the end of Oc­to­ber.

Speak­ing at a meet­ing of Amersham Town Coun­cil on Mon­day Septem­ber 17, coun­cil­lor Nigel Shep­herd said he is “very sup­port­ive” of the pro­pos­als, how­ever raised con­cerns the num­ber of park­ing spa­ces planned for the new cen­tre is sim­i­lar to the pro­vi­sion on the cur­rent site.

He sug­gested signs should be in­stalled di­rect­ing cus­tomers to the new multi-storey car park in King Ge­orge V Road – in a bid to free up more spa­ces closer to the site.

Adding a deck onto the cur­rent leisure cen­tre car park is an­other op­tion, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil­lor, as well as in­tro­duc­ing dis­counts for cus­tomers who park in the mul­ti­storey.

Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing, Cllr Shep­herd said: “Amersham has a park­ing prob­lem. And the dis­trict coun­cil is build­ing this leisure cen­tre, which I am very sup­port­ive of.

“How­ever the dis­trict coun­cil has just cre­ated ex­tra park­ing avail­abil­ity at the Amersham multi storey, and it is ac­tu­ally not that far from the leisure cen­tre, but it’s not sign posted.

“The ques­tion is how to you en­cour­age peo­ple who can walk to park fur­ther away?

“There are a few easy wins. I am sug­gest­ing we get some signs and cre­ate a nice pretty path­way from the leisure cen­tre to the car park. That will make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence.”

Ac­cord­ing to CDC, 200 spa­ces are in­cluded in the plans as well as an ad­di­tional 70 spots for evening and week­end park­ing – which has “sat­is­fied a sig­nif­i­cant ma­jor­ity of peo­ple”.

Spokesman, Kate Mur­ray, said: “The park­ing ar­eas are in a sin­gle place ad­ja­cent to the build­ing (with the ex­cep­tion of the evening/week­end spac- es) and ac­cess routes are much more straight­for­ward, which sig­nif­i­cantly im­proves the sit­u­a­tion.

“Traf­fic sur­veys have been com­pleted and we are in dis­cus­sions with the High­ways Au­thor­ity (Bucks County Coun­cil).

“How­ever, ini­tial con­sid­er­a­tions are that the pro­posed num­bers are ac­com­mo­dat­ing at all times. There is the abil­ity to in­crease the num­ber of evening and week­end spa­ces in the fu­ture, should de­mand re­quire it.”

The plans will be show­cased at Che­sham Gram­mar School, in White Hill, on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 20 from 4pm to 8pm and again at The Chal­fonts Com­mu­nity Col­lege, in Nar­cot Lane, on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10 from 6pm to 9pm.

Visit www.chiltern­lifestyle­cen­tre.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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