Labour Queen’s Park Councillors say that there is an alternative way of improving local sports facilities than Westminster Council’s plans to close down and redevelop the Jubilee and Moberly Sports Centres. Councillors say that the City Council should work in partnership with the newly-elected Community Council to find a way of keeping both sports centres open for local people.
Speaking at Wednesday night’s packed public meeting, organised by local residents, at Queen’s Park Primary School, Queen’s Park Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg called on Westminster Council to listen to the huge wave of local opposition from residents and to scrap the Jubilee and Moberly redevelopment plans. He said that the City Council should work closely with the newly-established Queen’s Park Community Council on ways to improve the existing sports centres and reduce running costs, including approaching the Sports Council and Lottery organisers for grants to pay for sports centre improvements.
Councillor Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said; “Queen’s Park residents want improved sports facilities but are united in opposing the Council’s redevelopment plans. The Council should heed the clear voice of the community and look for alternative ways of improving local sports facilities. The Council should approach the Sports Council and Lottery organisers and other grant-giving bodies, just as they did with the Little Venice Sports Centre. Queen’s Park residents want more control over their lives and local facilities and the newly-established Queen’s Park Community Council could well have a vital role in managing both Sports Centres. We urge the City Council and Community Council to work together in partnership to explore all the alternatives so as to find a way of keeping both sports centres open for local people.”Other news from Westminster Labour