Birmingham city council are inviting residents to have their say on the future provision of leisure facilities in Northfield District.
Earlier this year, during Birmingham City Council’s budget consultation, it was announced that Northfield Pool and Leisure Centre will close by 2017. The plan is to replace it with a new, privately managed facility, for the whole of Northfield District: Northfield, Longbridge, Kings Norton and Weoley wards.
However, details of the new provision have yet to be decided. It is hoped that there will be no loss of service and a number of possible sites have been identified for a new pool and leisure centre, including the former MG Rover site in Longbridge. Another alternative could be to build a new centre on the current site, but this would mean some loss of service as work was completed.
Now residents are being asked for their opinions on what new facilities should be provided. A workshop to be held later this month.
Northfield District Chair, Cllr Brett O’Reilly, said: “I would really urge local people to attend the meeting next week and join the discussion about the leisure facilities they would like to see in their community. We have a fantastic opportunity to build a modern leisure facility and we want to ensure that we deliver a centre that reflects the needs and wishes of local people – for instance do they want a pool, a gym, a sports hall or astro-turf pitch? And how will they get there – by car, bicycle or on foot?”
When: Wednesday 30th July at 6.30pm
Where: The Factory Young People’s Centre, 5 Devon Way, Longbridge
if you wish to take part in the workshops, please contact Northfield District Office | Tel: 0121 464 9812 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to attend the workshops, you can send your views by visiting the Be Heard website until 15th August.
If you can’t attend and have more to say than is covered in the questionnaire, it may be worth emailing your thoughts to the Northfield District office email@example.com or to Northfield District chair Cllr Brett O’Reilly Brett.O’Reilly@birmingham.gov.uk
Leisure Facilities in our Area: Northfield Deserves Better than Second Best | Richard Burden MP