“To enhance the health and wellbeing of Slough residents by ensuring physical activity and sport adopted as a habit for life for all – more people, more active, more often.”
Outcome six of the council’s Five Year Plan aims to help people manage their health better and a key way to do this is to get more people to be more active, more often.
In July 2015, cabinet members kick started this by approving ambitious plans as part of Slough’s five year £35 million leisure strategy, with:
The council is building a new Community Sports Stadium at the Arbour Park site on Stoke Road.
The stadium will cost £8 million and is being developed in phases, so the facilities can be built and opened as soon as possible, delivering an FA and FIFA compliant facility for the start of the 2016/17 football season. To ensure the football pitch meets the Football Association’s criteria, the facilities will include a terrace with a minimum of 250 seats on the east side of the pitch.
Phase one is due to finish in August and includes a 3G pitch, car park and sports accommodation, including stands.
The second phase will then begin, including the first floor accommodation of the main stand, external balcony area, wash rooms, lift, commercial kitchen, board / directors’ room, a flexible function room with 160 seating capacity and bar, which will be available for hire when fully open in spring 2017.
Once complete, the new stadium will serve an area of the borough that has high inactivity levels and will offer a programme of activity attracting local people of all ages to become more active.
Although the stadium’s availability during phase two is limited, the council is taking bookings for when the stadium fully opens next spring. For booking enquiries and further information about phase two, please call the council’s leisure team on 01753 477376.
The new leisure centre will be based on Farnham Road, where The Centre currently is. It is anticipated that demolition of The Centre will begin in October and the new leisure centre will open in autumn 2018.
Concept designs and a masterplan for the site have been drawn up, including a mix of leisure, residential and other community facilities and services.
Slough CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) is interested in co-locating on the site, offering local people a leisure and health centre in one location.
Leisure facilities being considered for the centre include:
The cost of the new leisure centre will be £17.8 million and it will replace the existing Montem Leisure Centre. The Montem site would then become available for housing.
The plans for Slough Ice Arena take into account the proposed residential development of the Montem site and will provide a wide choice of activities.
The redevelopment proposals include extending the front of the building to make the Ice Arena more visible from Bath Road and providing additional space for other activities.
The plans also include major refurbishment, replacing all major plant including refrigeration and heating systems throughout the building, over cladding of the main roof structure, replacing the ice rink barrier and protective glass, installation of LED lighting, and redecorating with new flooring, seating, reception area and café, and improved changing rooms.
It is estimated the improvement works will take nine months to complete and will cost £7.7 million. The Ice Arena will close while the work takes place, from late 2016.
The council’s leisure contract, currently with Slough Community Leisure, is due for renewal in June 2017 and it is anticipated the new leisure centre and the Ice Arena would be managed within the new contract.
The centre was built in 1997 and is now in need of major capital improvements to continue to offer quality swimming and leisure opportunities to the community for the next 20 years.
The proposed improvements works at Langley Leisure Centre would involve a complete refurbishment of the main wet side of the facility including surface repairs to the main pool, mechanical and electrical work, replacing boilers and pool filter systems, as well as redesigning and refurbishing the reception area and changing village. Works are planned to start in 2017.
Alongside the ongoing work of the Get Active team, the new and refurbished facilities will provide opportunities for local people of all ages to become more active, more often.