Readers will remember the controversy over the Bridge Park (Stonebridge) development when Brent Council entered agreements with what some felt were rather dodgy overseas registered property companies. LINK
In particular concern centred around General Mediterranean Holdings (GMH) and its Chairman Sir Nadhmi Avichi who had faced fraud allegations in 2003. Cllr John Warren in January tried to get a debate on the issue, and in particular Avichi's links with the Labour Party LINK but his motion was defeated by the overwhelming majority of the Labour Group.
The proposals include a new hotel and housing that is unlikely to be truly affordable for local people. There will be no space for the small businesses that are currently housed on site and apart from the added swimming pool at the Leisure Centre I understand overall space is smaller as function rooms will not be provided. The question arises about whether the replacement will be a public facility or run by a private company.
Now the proposals are coming up for public consultation (two for Lead Members, ward councillors and local residents took place earlier this week) This is the consultation notice as it appears on Brent Council's website:
2 November 2017, 6.30pm to 9pm, Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre
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Public Consultation on the redevelopment of Bridge Park
- Update residents on progress with the sale of the land
- Share information on the wider Bridge Park redevelopment proposals
- Seek input on the emerging design for the new leisure centre
Date: Thursday 2 November
Location: Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre
Time: 6.30pm -7pm (Presentation) 7pm - 9pm (Drop-in session)
Detailed consultation plans are below (Click bottom right to enlarge):Have your say on the Bridge Park redevelopment, complete our online consultation survey before 3 December 2017.
Bridge Park redevelopmentBrent Council is working with the owners of the Unisys site situated adjacent to the Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre in Stonebridge on exciting proposals to regenerate the site for new homes, businesses and a brand new leisure centre with improved facilities.
BackgroundIn June 2013, Brent Council looked at options for developing the Unisys and Bridge Park sites for residential and commercial development to fund a new sports centre. In February 2014, council consulted with the public on four options for the layout of the new facility. Option three was chosen and includes:
In June 2017, the Council entered into a Conditional Land Sale Agreement (CLSA) with the purchaser.
- four court sports hall
- 65 station gym
- Smaller separate gym
- Children’s soft play area and party room
- Sauna and steam rooms
- Spin studio
- Small meeting room
- 50 car parking spaces
- Four lane swimming pool with moveable floor
Information about public consultation dates will be publicised widely.
- Progress plans for the new leisure centre and re-development proposals
- Further consultation events with the public
- Purchase additional land
ContactFor further information about the project contact
- Project Manager- Tanveer Ghani
- Email- Tanveer.firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Conditional Land Sale Agreement (CLSA)?The CLSA is a time-limited contract between the Council and the developer. The CLSA includes a range of terms and conditions that need to be met in order to complete the sale of Council land to the developer. Please refer to the reports highlighted in the ‘Things to Read’ section for further information about the CLSA.
When will the current Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre (BPCLC) close?The Council’s plan is to keep the current Bridge Park Leisure Centre open until the CLSA is completed. We expect BPCLC to be kept open until the Summer of 2019 and further communications will be provided in due course.
Will BPCLC close once the CLSA is completed?Yes, the current facility will have to close for redevelopment to start.
When is the redevelopment expected to begin and how long will it last?It is too early to say at this stage although we don’t expect anything to happen on the site until 2019 at the earliest. The immediate target is satisfy the terms and conditions for completing the CLSA. At key milestones of the project, the Council will continue to publish updates online and through local press.
What will the new leisure centre, hotel and housing look like?Architects Roberts Limbrick will consult with members of the public on design proposals for the new leisure centre.
Labour: Not only doing deals with people based in tax havens, but convicted fraudsters at that.
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