Make your choice over plans for Locks Heath pool

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PLANS have been outlined for the regeneration of Locks Heath District Centre which would include a swimming pool and a fitness centre.

Fareham Borough Council look set to give the go ahead for a public consultation into the plans which would include additional shops and a new food store.

There are two options for residents to choose from.

The first one would see the new food store located north of the existing Co-op with three possible locations for the leisure centre.

The second option would see the store built to the north of the existing car park with two further possible locations for the leisure centre.

Sean Woodward, leader of the council, said: ‘It’s important because the existing pool at Fareham Leisure Centre is completely full. It’s used round-the-clock.

‘It’s very popular and we know that we could do with another swimming pool.

‘Over 40 per cent of the borough population is now in the western wards. It’s a significant area. We did a survey and most people said it’s a very good idea.’

Cllr Woodward said adding extra shops to the centre would add to the popularity.

‘It’s a very popular and valuable centre,’ he said.

‘It could do with some more shops and general smartening up.

‘In the same way that we have concerns about Fareham Shopping Centre and what the Whiteley development could do to it, equally we have concerns about Locks Heath.

‘We aren’t making it compete with Whiteley but we want it to have a better offer for the western wards. It’s got great potential.’

Meanwhile, concerns have been raised over the future of the Lockswood Community Centre after Brookfield School handed back the management of the centre to the borough council, after Hampshire County Council withdrew the funding.

The council has found the centre, which is located in Locks Heath District Centre, to be in a poor state and will be left with a £56,000 bill.

Cllr Woodward is now hoping to start a community association at the centre to prevent it from closing.

He said: ‘It’s a very well used, important facility and we want to keep it open but we can’t run it with a deficit of £56,000 a year. My priority is to get a community association set up to run it.’

The consultation period for the Locks Heath District Centre runs from Monday, October 15 for four weeks.

Visit fareham.gov.uk for more.

The council will discuss the plans on Monday.

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