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Heston's New Multi-Million Swimming Pool
PLANS for a new £15 million leisure centre to replace the ageing Heston Pool have been unveiled to the public, writes Robert M. Cumber.
Consultation on proposals to demolish the dilapidated 30s building in New Heston Road and replace it with a new centre began on Monday (May 14).
Should they get public backing, the centre could be bulldozed as early as next summer, with its replacement opening in early 2015.
A 25-metre main pool, a shallow, learner pool and single-sex health suites including a steam room, sauna and gym are among the facilities proposed for the new centre.
There would also be a new cafe, creche, children's soft play area and two dance studios, while links with Heston Park and surrounding outdoor play areas would be improved.
The new centre would be built on the existing site but the library, Heston Village Hall and current play area will remain open during the works. The local scout group will be permanently relocated to a nearby building.
The plans were approved in principle by cabinet members last November, with nearby council-owned land including the Heston Fairgrounds site and the recently-closed Acorn Centre due to be sold to help fund the work.
Hounslow's cabinet member for leisure Pritam Grewal said: "This project is hugely important to Heston.
"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.
"All our other leisure centres have now been refurbished, and I am excited to get some feedback on this project, so I urge residents in Heston to add their voice to the public consultation."
Council officers and staff from leisure contractor Fusion will will answer questions at public drop-in sessions at Heston Library on May 28 and 31, from 5-8pm. The plans will also be on display at the library for the next fortnight.
Feedback will be used to help develop the planning application, set to be submitted later this year.
To have your say, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/consultation or call 020 8583 5555.
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