Have your say on plans for a new leisure centre for Wantage and Grove

Released on September 7, 2017

Residents in the Vale of White Horse can have their say on plans for a new leisure centre for the Wantage and Grove area. 

With up to 5,000 new homes expected to be built in the local area at sites such as Grove Airfield and Crab Hill by 2031, Vale of White Horse District Council is looking to locate a new centre at Mably Way, next to the A417, to ensure it can meet the increased demand for leisure facilities. 

The council is aiming to open the new centre in 2020. 

To find out more about the project and to have your say visit whitehorsedc.gov.uk/leisureforwantageandgrove Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website...  by Wednesday 4 October.  

Anyone without access to the internet, or who needs assistance to complete the online survey, should contact the council’s Leisure Project Team on 01235 422240. 

The budget to deliver the new centre will be £18.8million.  Vale of White Horse District Council will fund the entire project upfront, however as the new housing developments are built locally the council will receive significant contributions towards this cost from developers. 

Cllr Charlotte Dickson, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The new leisure centre is great news for everyone in Wantage, Grove and the surrounding area and I encourage people to have their say on our proposals to help ensure we get it right for the local area.  

“Our aim is to open the new centre in 2020, this will help to ensure we have facilities in place well ahead of many people moving into the new homes and can meet demand as and when it increases. 

“The new centre will provide many more opportunities for people to have access to first class leisure facilities and help to ensure we can meet the increased need as more people move to the area.  This project really highlights our commitment to investing in leisure facilities across the district to help ensure our residents can live healthy and active lives.”