Labour councillors in Chipping Barnet have called for local residents to be fully consulted over plans to close Church Farm leisure centre and open a new facility in either East Barnet or New Barnet.
The Council’s Policy and Resources Committee is due to discuss a re-organisation of leisure services at its meeting this evening.
One of the proposals is to close the ageing Church Farm site and re-provide swimming and leisure at either the site currently occupied by Danegrove Playing Fields in East Barnet Village or at Victoria Recreation Ground in New Barnet.
There are arguments in favour of both sites, with Danegrove being in a good location and large enough to include the expanded facilities needed, while Victoria Recreation Ground has good bus links and is due to experience much-needed regeneration in the next few years.
Cllr Philip Cohen, Labour member for East Barnet, said: “The current leisure contract expires in 2017 so it is important that the council gets this decision right. Both proposed sites have their merits although they will also generate additional traffic. That's why I want the residents fully involved - they should be given the chance to air their views at public meetings.”
Cllr Amy Trevethan, Labour member for Underhill and parliamentary candidate for Chipping Barnet said: “I’m pleased that the leisure provision will be kept in the Council's hands rather than being outsourced or auctioned off. Since Queen Elizabeth Girls School became an academy local people have been deprived of the use of that pool, so we need to get the delivery of local leisure services right first time so that Chipping Barnet is not without a public pool for an indefinite period because of any delays caused by a failure to consult local people.”
1. Cllr Cohen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Details of the Sports and Leisure Review which will be discussed at the Policy & Resources Committee tonight can be found here: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=692&MId=7865&Ver=4
To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568