Play and leisure facilities in Stone to benefit from land sale


    Money from the sale of land in Stone will be spent on new play facilities for youngsters in the town.

    Cash raised from selling off less than a third of the land on Tilling Drive will also improve the existing football pitch and changing rooms on the site.

    Stafford Borough Council say all the money from the sale will be ring fenced for enhancing leisure facilities in the town. The council has recently consulted residents, organisations and businesses on what they want to see on Westbridge Park as part of a near £10 million investment. 

    Proposals put forward for the park include multi use games area, skate park and new play equipment. A new leisure centre which brings swimming pool, gym and fitness studios under one roof in the town is already being constructed to replace the outdated facility at Westbridge park.

    Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning, said: “By selling part of the land we will be able to invest in new facilities for Westbridge Park as well as making improvements to the changing facilities and football pitch on Tilling Drive.

    “We are already making a large investment from our resources to deliver a brand new leisure centre and the Cabinet were all in agreement that the money realised from the sale of this land must go to benefit the leisure offer in Stone.”

    Work on the new leisure centre is due to be completed in spring 2019.

    Press release No. 5430

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