Chance to have your say on new leisure centre for Stone

Chance to have your say on new leisure centre for Stone

Residents are to be asked their views on a new multi-million pound leisure centre in Stone.

The major investment in facilities for Stone is part of leisure improvements earmarked for the town’s Westbridge Park.

Stafford Borough Council has now released an image of the new leisure centre with a planning application for the scheme to be submitted next month.

The centre would bring facilities under one-roof in Stone with a six lane 25 metre swimming pool alongside gym and fitness studios. But before the application is submitted, residents and organisations will have the chance to give their feedback on the proposed centre.

Members of the development team will be at the current Westbridge Park Fitness Centre where people can find out more about the design of the new building. A questionnaire will be available on the day and from the Borough Council’s website. People and businesses will also get another opportunity to give their views as part of the normal planning application process next month.

Officers will be meeting with Stone Town Council and other key stakeholders as part of the consultation.

And later in the summer the Council will be collecting views of residents and organisations on plans for a multi-use games area, skate-park and new play facilities as part of the leisure offer for Stone.

The plans are part of a £9.5 million investment in the town’s leisure – and the Borough Council say tax will not be raised to fund building the development.

The consultation days at Westbridge Park Fitness Centre will be held from 8am to 7pm on Thursday and Friday the 23rd and 24th of March.

The online questionnaire will be available at

from 10am on Monday 20 March for a week.

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure said:

“We want to hear from local people, and those that use the centre, so they can tell us what they think and help us shape our plans.

“This is a very significant investment in Stone. It would be the biggest investment the Council had made from its own resources in the borough for decades.

“Our agenda is very clear. We want to deliver a brand new leisure centre that people want, with the facilities under one roof, without burdening local tax payers. This major investment in leisure will provide great facilities for the people of Stone for many years and comes at a time when other councils are closing theirs to save money.”

He added:

“I hope people will be able to get along to Westbridge Park to talk to the team during those two days but you will also get the opportunity to make comments to the Council when the application is submitted in a few weeks time as part of the normal planning process.”