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Cabinet backs Heston leisure centre redevelopment

by Jim Dunton Thu 5 December 2013, 12:30 pm

Members of Hounslow Council's ruling cabinet have approved plans for a new leisure centre to replace Heston pool as part of a scheme that will also see the construction of a new housing development.

Back in August, Great West Magazine reported that the authority had appointed contractor Morgan Sindall for the project, which will see the current 1930s swimming pool demolished and replaced with a state-of-the-art facility featuring a 25-metre main pool, a learner pool, health suites, a 100-station gym, two dance studios, a café and other facilities.

This week’s meeting heard that expenses for the scheme had risen, and that the leisure centre would now cost £13.5 million, however the project is being funded by the sale of nearby land to developer Taylor Wimpey for a residential development that will include 88 new affordable homes.

Councillor Ajmer Grewal, Hounslow’s leisure and public health lead, said the project was great news for Heston and the wider community.

“The current leisure centre was built in the 1930s and is in need of new equipment and redevelopment, as it is no longer cost-effective and unable to compete with more modern centres," he said.

“As well as the new leisure centre, the scheme will also improve Heston Park and the play area for local families, giving local people facilities they can be proud of.

“All our other leisure centres have been refurbished in the last few years, so it’s good to see this last piece of the jigsaw coming together.”

Construction is expected to begin in the New Year.

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