18 August 2009 08:5027492
I find It Ironic that our Sports Centre Is positioned on one of the major transit corridors In Western Europe,you go In to get fit and are overcome by the fumes.Should not the moving and redevelopment of this essential facility be key to any proposed regeneration of the town.It is my humble opinion that this would be far more of an asset to Dovorians than the need? for a cable car link to the castle.
18 August 2009 13:1427495
Good idea John. A new (or at least improved) sports centre should be pivotal in any regeneration plans; it's the only way the town centre can stop the uncontrolled growth of the breed of waddling megaton Big Mac-munching juvenile junk-food mutants we're creating at the moment.
Yep, it'll probably end up at Whitfield.
18 August 2009 13:5827496
For some time I complained about the present sports centre, it has had its time, it wasn't built to last as long as it has.
Money has been thrown at it £100, 000 s every year but little can be done to improve this inadequate facility.
The last time I spoke to one of the council officials he admitted the centre had its day, and a new sports centre is urgently required.
He told me the present sports centre was just waiting for the boiler to blow up thus the cost to repair would be to high.
The showers keep failing.
Its time to look at if we need or want A sports centre in Dover and if so what we want in it, as a regular user of the centre I see the problems every week
18 August 2009 14:2527501
A new Sports Centre has been under consideration for some time .I went with several councillors and senior officers to look at the new facility at Crawley .The jig saw will come together in time .
18 August 2009 14:2927504
Promise me this aint another secret?
18 August 2009 14:5627505
Can you please assure us understandably fearful noble savages that this secret new sports centre won't be built at Whitfield, but in the so-called 'town centre' of Dover?
18 August 2009 16:4727514
with you on this one
18 August 2009 16:5027515
Andrew ,Keith look up building schools for the future .I think you will see how the jigsaw fits ?
18 August 2009 16:5127516
By the way where in Dover is there a site for a new swimming pool??
18 August 2009 16:5127517
save me looking it all up why not tell sue
i realy aint got the time
18 August 2009 17:0027524
Havent you got any mates on the Governing body of the Grammar Schools
All I will say is that the way forward now is for schools to share sports /leisure facilities .
18 August 2009 17:0427525
I presume aschool is showing an interest, sadly many dont/wont give others in the community use of facilities.
I hope that you can enlighten us as to which school may be in the limelight and how tight the usage for the community will be
18 August 2009 17:1427532
There is a nice flat(ish) area called Farthingloe Village that would make an idea site or also Connaught Barracks that could do with a better life other than more housing.
Been nice knowing you :)
18 August 2009 17:1527534
Ay FARTHINGLOE good site or connaught
18 August 2009 17:2627539
As far as I am aware, Farthingloe is in private ownership.
18 August 2009 17:3227543
It doesnt have to be in council ownership, if it does its unlikely to ever happen
18 August 2009 18:2727546
Why can't Sue just answer the damn question.........?
18 August 2009 18:3527550
i thought that susan was saying that there was no viable plot in town?
connaught will go for housing, much more money in that for the developers.
besides only a bus an hour goes near the place.
18 August 2009 19:1527551
The ideal spot for a sports centre is in the centre of town, either on the carpark next to the college or on the one behind the BT building.
Oh and schools should not be given a choice but to open facilities to the public outside of school time, after all they are funded by local taxpayers.
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18 August 2009 19:4727556
All you will say Sue, it's fairly clear the intention is to shift the leisure facilities to the new centre of Dover, once known as Whitfield. The presentation from DDC about 'change and connection' (delivered by Mr Aziz at the Kings Hall and on the internet somewhere) even stated it. There is a certain irony about promoting healthy living and then situating a facility in a place you must drive to!
I don't think it's a problem schools being directly linked to the facilities. They would not neccessarily have any objection to them being public, as is the education they offer. My concern would be to do with the final contracts between the school(s), the council and any PFI investment. Building Schools for the Future is a good initiative offering out of date schools the potential to enter the 21st century, although not always providing what they may need. Sadly however, BSF is basically another way of privatising some aspects of state education. I would be interested to know the exact of agreement between DDC, the schools and any possible PFI investment. The whole thing has the potential to be very beneficial to those involved, however it could also be a complete cock-up.
Make no mistake there will be no leisure facility in town, excluding a huge number of users and leaving another disused piece of land around the outskirts of our 'regeneration'