Southwark Council is poised to allocate £100,000 of Olympic legacy funding towards the completion of Fisher FC’s new ground on the St Paul’s Playing Field site.
From the council report:
St. Paul’s Sports Ground in Salter Road, Rotherhithe is home to a derelict artificial sports pitch.
Fairview Homes are proposing to invest in St. Paul’s to offset the loss of sports facilities at the old Fisher Stadium which will be converted to a 3 acre public park. The St. Paul’s site will become the new home of Fisher FC who will deliver a community focused sports development plan.
Fisher FC, supported by the council and Fairview are making applications for Football Foundation monies totaling £200,000 towards the cost of adding a club house and other facilities to the site. This would bring it up to the standard expected for league games to be played there, enabling Fisher to stage their home fixtures at this location. A further £300,000 will be required to complete these works.
A contribution of £100,000 of legacy fund monies from the Council will increase the chances of securing the Football Foundation funding as well as other potential S106 match funding and external monies to complete these additional works.
Southwark Council says that it is in early discussions with the owners of Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and Harmsworth Quays over plans for a new leisure centre at Canada Water.
In the meantime the council says it will carry out ‘essential repairs and maintenance’ at the existing Seven Islands Leisure Centre.
“I’m delighted that we are in early discussions with British Land about providing a new leisure offer as part of their emerging plans for the area,” said Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for public health, parks and leisure.
“It is also fantastic to be able to announce these improvement works for the existing centre. I’m sure it will all be an exciting prospect for residents in the area, especially as we look to introduce free gym and swim access for local people.”
Councillors first publicly mooted the possibility of a new leisure centre linked to the redevelopment of Harmsworth Quays last November.
This week a Southwark Council planning sub-committee approved plans to rebuild the athletics facilities at Southwark Park.
“It was great to see planning permission granted for the reinstatement of the athletics track and field at Southwark Park this week,” said Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for public health, parks and leisure.
“This is the first phase in an exciting project that will allow us for the first time in many years to deliver a full programme of athletics activities in Southwark – including track and field events such as sprinting, triple jump and javelin.
“I’m sure it will be welcomed by users of the park, budding athletes and local schools from all over the borough.”
The Arch Climbing Wall has announced that it has found a new home within the Biscuit Factory complex as the redevelopment of the site draws near.
“With the original Biscuit Factory site, we were able to bring a new level of indoor bouldering to London and the South,” said Fred Stone, director of The Arch Climbing Wall.
“With Building One, we’re looking forward to doing the same again, only this time in a long term home, combining new climbing facilities unlike anything else, with an updated design style and atmosphere that will recapture some of the history of the building.
“Each of the new climbing centre builds so far has been a learning experience, and we’re looking forward to putting it all together here. This year has been an exciting one for all of us, and there are still lots of good things to come.”
Full details on the Arch Climbing Wall website.
The council has published an outline plan for the new Southwark Athletics Centre in Southwark Park.
Pupils from Alfred Salter Primary School joined Mayor of London Boris Johnson at City Hall on Friday morning to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games.
Southwark Council has revealed more details of the proposed revamp of the athletics track at Southwark Park.
The proposals to be put forward will include reinstating the athletics track and creating a grassed central pitch to enable, for the first time, a full programme of athletics activities to be delivered for people of all abilities.
Activities will include:
- Six lane Athletics Track with eight lane 100m straight
- Long/Triple Jump
- High jump
- Pole Vault
- Hammer/Discus cage
- Shot put
The proposal also includes plans to amend the boundary of the sports facility to provide additional land for users of the park.
Funding has also been confirmed for the refurbishment of the park’s pavilion. A public consultation and design development will take place over the next few months.
Councillor Veronica Ward, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Sport and Volunteering said: “This is a really exciting step for Southwark, and especially for users of Southwark Park and local athletes as a part of our Olympic and Paralympic Legacy. We also hope that the refurbished pavilion will provide facilities to support the athletics development, as well as changing rooms, toilets and refreshment facilities for the benefit of park users.”
Last month the new London City Athletics Club held its launch event – a 10k run – in the park.
Southwark residents will be able to use the swimming pool and gym at a ‘refreshed’ Seven Islands Leisure Centre for free if a Labour administration is re-elected in May.
“Helping people in Southwark to lead healthy and active lives is one of Labour’s top priorities and our pledge to deliver free swimming and gym use to all Southwark residents will make it easier for people in the borough to get fit and healthy,” said Cllr Peter John, leader of Southwark Labour.
“This ground-breaking pledge will make a real difference to Southwark residents.
“I recognise that we will be implementing this proposal against a tough economic backdrop, but I believe that it must be an absolute priority of the council to help people in Southwark lead healthy lives.”
Labour says it will review how leisure is funded in Southwark, looking across the board at the structure of the council’s fees and charges, including how users from outside the borough are charged for council leisure centres.
Southwark’s leisure centres are managed and operated by Fusion whose contract is due to come to an end in 2016.
In neighbouring Lambeth the Labour Party made a similar pledge to offer free swimming at the 2010 borough elections but later backtracked on the promise, blaming central Government funding cuts.
Southwark Lib Dems recently unveiled a manifesto commitment to rebuild the Southwark Park Lido if they win back control of the borough in May.