Decision Maker Response

Hackney Council’s response

Sep 1, 2016 — The last thing Hackney Council wants to do is to remove leisure facilities from the Britannia site – in fact, we want to build a new leisure centre with better facilities.

We also need to provide 1,650 new secondary school places by 2020. We have to make the most of the limited land we own, so we want to find out if it would be possible to build a new secondary school and new leisure centre on the Britannia site.

The Council does not have the money to fund a new school and new leisure centre, so we would need to build housing too. The money we make from the housing would go directly into building a new leisure centre and school.

We are currently carrying out a feasibility study to see what would be viable. The feasibility study will focus on options that involve keeping the existing leisure centre open whilst the new facilities are built.

Britannia Leisure Centre’s facilities are old, reaching the end of their life and are not cost effective to operate. As an absolute minimum we would want a new leisure centre to include: a 25m main swimming pool, a new learner pool, an introduction to water area, a children’s soft play area, two squash courts, a 140 station fitness suite, a spinning studio, two exercise studios, a sports hall, five-a-side pitches and a café and toilets that can be used by park users as well.

When we have the results of the feasibility study, we will share them with residents and leisure centre users and hold open drop-in sessions for people to find out more and feedback their initial thoughts. There would be further opportunities for people to have their say if plans progress.

Find out more about the plans here: www.hackney.gov.uk/media/7397/Britannia-site-update/pdf/britannia-site-update