Chiltern Pools - FAQs
Why are you considering replacing Chiltern Pools?
Chiltern Pools is nearly 50 years old and because of its structural condition it is becoming uneconomical to operate.
What facilities are being proposed?
- 8-lane 25 metre swimming pool with viewing areas
- Diving / teaching pool alongside a children's splash pad area
- 4 badminton court sports hall
- 2 x squash courts
- Climbing wall
- Children's soft play area and clip 'n' climb
- Café area
- Pool Spectator area
- Exercise Studios
- 150 station gym
- Community centre (events/theatre space & community meeting spaces)
Why are you proposing these facilities?
The Council recently undertook an independent leisure facilities study which identified the key facilities Chiltern District Council should provide when the existing Chiltern Pools leisure centre closes.
When will the new leisure/community facility be built?
A specific date has not been set. Currently the Council is trying to gauge residents' views to ascertain the level of support for developing a new leisure/community hub facility as well as identifying what facilities they would like to see included. This stage of the project is specifically focussing on the land swap proposal; seeking residents views on protecting the land in Woodside Close with Fields in Trust.
Will appropriate infrastructure (car parks) be provided and what will happen to the existing barn buildings?
If the project progresses the car park and protecting the barns will be key considerations and will be addressed through the Planning process. The proposed development will provide 270 car parking spaces and because of the proposed location along King George V Road will not impact on the historic barn buildings. It is also proposed to further enhance the barn buildings by surrounding them in natural green landscaping.
Are there any images available of the proposed new facility?
Yes, please see http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/landswap for images of the new facility along with the site location of the proposed development.
How much will the facility cost and will this affect my Council Tax bill?
The proposed project will require significant capital investment, if progressed it will be financed as a 'save to invest initiative' which will result in no additional cost to council tax payers. Chiltern District Council will also be seeking to attract external funding towards the project from a range of agencies including Sport National Governing Bodies, the National Lottery and Sport England.
If the project goes ahead what will happen to existing user groups of the Drake Hall buildings?
The Council will make every effort to minimise any disruption should a new facility be developed. The proposed site location ensures that the existing Drake Hall and youth club buildings would not be affected during the construction phase ensuring existing services and activities can continue without any disruption.
Will facilities affected by the proposed development (Library, play area, exercise zone and skate park) be provided during the construction stage?
Facilities affected by the proposed development (play area, exercise zone and skate park) will be re-provided on a different area of the King George V site. The location of a temporary library is to be finalised, it is likely to remain on or adjacent to King George V Playing Field.
What is a land swap and what level of protection will it provide to the green open space in the centre of Woodside Close?
The land swap proposal offers a higher level of protection for Woodside Close through the Fields in Trust Deed of Dedication which goes beyond the town and country planning system. Fields in Trust use charity and contract law to establish binding agreements and commitments that protect valuable public recreation land. This protection sits on top of any current protection or designation already in place but it is the most secure form of protection for open green space. This is due to Fields in Trust charitable objectives, namely to ensure provision of green recreational space, giving a contractual interest in a green space can only be seen as furthering protection of the land.
What will happen to the existing leisure centre site?
It has not been decided what will happen to the existing leisure centre site but to help offset the cost of building the new facility the Council will be considering developing the site for a different use such as housing, parking or local businesses .
Why is it proposed for only Amersham to get a new centre, what about the other areas in Chiltern - Chesham, Chalfont for instance?
Chiltern District Council undertook an independent leisure needs assessment which identified the need to retain the existing leisure centres in Chesham and Chalfont. The Council is committed to continue operating and investing in Chesham and Chalfont leisure centres. In the last year Chiltern District Council, working in partnership with the leisure provider Greenwich Leisure Limited, has invested in Chalfont and Chesham Leisure Centres by improving the existing facilities. However because of the age and condition of Chiltern Pools it will be soon be un-economical to continue operating and this is why it is being considered for redevelopment.