14 September 2017
There is an important action for all us to complete by 2nd Oct.
I want to invite every swimmer, diver, parent and friends of the club to respond to the Chiltern Pools redevelopment and land swap consultation (see below). Please make sure you have your say, it is vitally important for the future of club. The facility is one that the whole community badly needs and will benefit from greatly, not just in a swimming context but for a range of sports, leisure, child care, library, community hall etc. For the swimming club, it means a new 25 meter 8 line competition pool, a diving pool and dry land studio (which swimmers can use as well for conditioning) and a 250 seat viewing Gallery (take a look). If it goes ahead we will be involved in the detailed design of the swimming/diving facilities with the aim of commissioning in late 2020/early 2021. Please note the existing facility will remain in place to ensure continuity during the build. Agreement for the land swap is critical and needs public backing for the proposal to be successful. If there is only one thing you do for the club this year, please make sure you complete the questionnaire and support this wonderful opportunity.
Chairman Amersham Swimming Club
Chiltern Pools redevelopment - land swap consultation
The story so far
In November 2016 Chiltern District Council undertook a public consultation to replace the Chiltern Pools and community buildings with a purpose built centre. Whilst supported by over 80% of the 2,386 responses, a number of key concerns were raised by the public These included retaining the historic barns, re-providing the pre-school nursery, library and community hall, ensuring disabled access to the community facilities and increasing car parking provision. Chiltern District Council has sought to address these points and is interested to know if the revised vision provides an appropriate solution to replacing the ageing Chiltern Pools and 1960’s community buildings.
The next steps
To enable the community buildings to operate during any development, the new concept would need to be built on the library and car park areas opposite the Council Offices. This requires a small portion of the King George V playing field to be developed but in return Chiltern District Council would protect in perpetuity the green area in the middle of Woodside Close in Amersham and develop more green space adjacent to the historic barn buildings. The green in Woodside Close would be transferred to Amersham Town Council through Fields in Trust, a charity which protects open spaces by having a veto over future development on that land. Both Chiltern District Council and Amersham Town Council are now asking local people if they are happy with these proposals.
How can I find out more?
We have arranged for a five-page article in the Amersham Town Council newsletter (edition 45) which has been delivered in the Amersham area in the last few days. We are also having an exhibition in the Chiltern District Council offices on King George V Road, Amersham on 19 and 20 September from 5pm to 9pm (officers, councillors and the architects will be there to answer your questions) and we also have set up an area on the website – www.chiltern.gov.uk/landswap - where you can find the details of the proposals and an animated fly-through which shows how the new centre could look.
How can I give my feedback?
Visit our website where you will find an online questionnaire where you can share your views - www.chiltern.gov.uk/landswap
The consultation is open from 1 September to midnight on 2 October. If you have any general comments about the proposals please email: firstname.lastname@example.org