Following a public consultation into the proposed rebuild of Northfield Pool and Leisure Centre, it has been confirmed that the facility will remain in its current location.
Relocation options dismissed. After considering several relocation options, including the Longbridge redevelopment site and Price’s Square in Northfield town centre, deputy leader Ian Ward told yesterday’s council cabinet meeting that the council had decided that the new centre will be built on the existing site.
Loss of provision. One of the disadvantages of the pool being rebuilt on the current site, is that it will have to close for a period of time, meaning a loss of services in the district. Northfield ward councillor Brett O’Reilly said that he had received assurances that Tiverton Road pool, set for closure in the restructuring of leisure services, will remain open for use by residents and schools until the Northfield rebuild is complete. During the consultation period it was suggested that staff would be utilised in other facilities during the works.
Iconic building to be lost? Cllr O’Reilly said: “Both myself and Richard Burden MP have already been in correspondence with officers over the retention of the facade which is iconic in Northfield, and we will continue to try to secure its future.”
Schedule of rebuild. A report on the rebuild proposals was delivered to and discussed privately by Birmingham City Council Cabinet members yesterday. We will update when information on the expected schedule of the rebuild is available.
Cllr O’Reilly said: “After extensive consultation and cost analysis, it is certainly good news for Northfield Town Centre that the leisure centre and pool will remain. It is important to recognise the achievements of all of those that contributed to the consultation process.
“This investment will secure sports and swimming provision in Northfield for generations to come, and shows what a Labour Council can achieve despite the current climate of cuts.”