09:00AM, Thursday 27 October 2016
You can have your say over the facilities you think should go into a new multi-million pound leisure centre in Braywick Park.
A budget of £29million has been set for Braywick Leisure Centre, which will be built at the current site of the driving range and will replace the Magnet Leisure Centre in Holmanleaze.
The Royal Borough has launched a public consultation to gather suggestions from residents over what should be included.
Suggested plans include a larger sports centre with a 10-lane swimming pool, 200 gym stations, two squash courts, a larger hall and a 500-space car park.
The size of the cafe would increase, as well as the spinning studio, and there would be 250 spectator seats (20 fewer than the existing centre).
The redevelopment of Braywick Park will also include the relocation of Forest Bridge School, which will replace the site of Maidenhead Target Shooting Club.
Cllr Samantha Rayner (Con, Eton Wick), cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “We want to build on the success of the Magnet Leisure Centre.
“We want to build the best centre that we possibly can.
“Braywick Park is just over a mile from the current centre, it’s got good infrastructure and there’s lots of space.”
The consultation will run from Tuesday until January, with plans being submitted in summer 2017.
If permission is granted, building work would start in early 2018 and the leisure centre would open in June 2019.
The council has confirmed the Magnet will stay open until the new centre opens.
In the draft borough local plan, it states that relocation of the Magnet would free up the site on Saint-Cloud Way which could deliver 500 new homes.
Kevin Mist, head of communities and economic development, said: “We want to build a gym fit for the 21st century
“It would be nice to think that the new gym would attract new people from Maidenhead and it would be nice to think that we would get one million user visits a year.”
When asked about the risks of going over budget, he said: “We’re pretty sure it can be done in the budget and we’ll make sure it will fit in with the £29m.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions about facilities you would like to see in the new leisure centre.
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