We’re proposing to bring community, sports and swimming facilities together in one new modern and ecologically-sound hub at Bransbury Park. Earlier this year we asked for your views to further shape our plans.
We’ve now spoken to users of Bransbury Park, Eastney Community Centre, Eastney Swimming Pool and Wimbledon Park Sports Centre, as well as local residents and non-users, to help us decide the right mix of facilities.
We also received 2,208 responses to our survey. Thank you. We were pleased that the majority of responses were from local residents, with 74% from the PO4 postcode and 43% from the roads surrounding Bransbury Park.
Past consultation results
At the end of 2020 we asked for your views on whether we should spend money set aside to help keep aging Eastney Swimming Pool and Wimbledon Park sports centre as they currently are on a brand new facility at Bransbury Park instead. The majority of residents (63%) supported this idea, so we gave the go ahead to develop plans further.
Eastney Swimming Pool and Wimbledon Park Sports Centre
No decisions have been made on the futures of Eastney Swimming Pool or Wimbledon Park Sport Centre. Further public consultation will take place for both sites – details will be added here.
The Pyramids Centre
The Pyramids Centre is undergoing a £2.5m redevelopment. It will include an impressive new adventure play and trampoline facility called Exploria! and a major expansion of the already-successful gym.
Keeping the Pyramids leisure pool was not an option. To fully refurbish it and re-open as a leisure pool would have cost around £13m over the next 10 years and we did not have the money to do this. In addition, the Pyramids building was originally designed to last 30 years and is now 30 years old and cannot go on indefinitely. The only options left were to close the centre or find a way to keep it open before the building inevitably reaches the end of its life.
The new plans will encourage more residents and visitors of all ages to use the Pyramids to get active and have fun, and help to secure its future for a few more years before we consult on what will eventually replace it, as explained in the Seafront Masterplan.