This week I spotted the memorial to General Edward Abbot Anderson in its new home in the garden area of the London Road Recreation Ground in Camberley.
The recreation ground isn’t on the London Road at all, it’s in Grand Avenue. There got that bit of info out.
The memorial had been for many years near the entrance to the car park of the Arena Leisure Centre, which again was in Grand Avenue, but could reasonably said to be on London Road as it faces London Road.
The new home of the memorial is more suitable than its previous home. While the memorial looks good in its new home, it still needs stone cleaning, which would make it look even better.
Here’s my photo – do you think it need a good clean? [Click on photo to expand]
Surrey Heath Borough Council announce a Joint Statement with Places Leisure: Green Space Preserved at Camberley’s New Leisure Centre
Camberley’s brand-new leisure centre’s planning proposal will be revised following feedback from local residents and consultation on the planning and car park provision.
The original planning application included car parking provision within a small section of the adjacent recreational ground. This proposal provided the most cost-effective solution, however following the feedback received, Surrey Heath Borough Council and operator Places Leisure have been working together to identify alternative and affordable solutions, that enable the green space to be retained.
Karen Whelan, Chief Executive at Surrey Heath Borough Council commented, “The Council Officers have listened to residents and Councillors and together with Places Leisure have worked hard to find alternative ways to deliver the car parking arrangements for the proposed new leisure centre. The ability to work effectively in partnership is a key strength to the relationship with Places Leisure and I’d like to thank all those that have worked so tirelessly to reach such a positive outcome for the residents of Surrey Heath.”
A revised planning proposal will be brought forward which will include the provision of a brand-new multi-storey car park, situated in the existing leisure centre car park. Councillor Richard Brooks, Leader of the Council said,
“The development of a new leisure centre is part of the Council’s long-term strategy for health and wellbeing, but delivery of a new facility had to be affordable for the Council. I’m delighted that a new proposal to deliver the required car parking will be coming forward enabling us to preserve green space in the town centre whilst ensuring the scheme is financially viable. I’d like to add my thanks to Councillor McClafferty and Councillor Dougan, my Executive team and the Officers who have worked extremely hard to find an alternative solution.”
A spokesperson for Places Leisure added, “We are pleased to have supported the Council in identifying alternative provision that enables the space to be retained. Together with Surrey Heath Borough Council we are excited to bring to the local community a vibrant new leisure offering and deliver a modern and sustainable facility that can be enjoyed by all.”
It appears that Surrey Heath Borough Council intention is to increase car parking provision at the redeveloped Arena Leisure Centre in Camberley at the expense of London Road Recreation Ground. See Council Notice below.
There’s an action group dedicated to reversing this proposal, which you can see at the Facebook page London Road Recreation Ground – Park in Peril.
I learned, when involved in arguing similar case with Lightwater Leisure Centre, that car parking provision is a key aspect in the success of a leisure centre facility. So this will be a hard fought battle. To object to the loss of green space in the Recreation Ground, write to the address in the notice below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time is short to get in your objection, it must reach the Council by June 20th.