Romford leisure centre still a long way off

Romford Ice Rink on Rom Valley Way being demolished by workers

Romford Ice Rink on Rom Valley Way being demolished by workers - Credit: Archant

The ongoing saga that is Romford’s new £29million leisure centre does not appear to be reaching an end any time soon.

A new announcement from Havering Town Hall has confirmed work will start to prepare the Western Road site for the demolition of Chaucer House.

But preparation will take “some time” as two electrical substations will need to be installed.

Meanwhile, with the ice rink in Rom Valley Way now demolished, Morrisons has revealed there is no timescale in place for the building of the supermarket.

A spokesperson for the supermarket said: “Morrisons is still working on the details of the proposed new store and therefore unable to provide information on timescales at this time.”

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The original plan, drawn up in 2012, was for the leisure centre to be completely funded by the £25m sale of the old ice rink site. In December 2013, the council splashed out an extra £2m for the project.

The facility will be complete with ice rink, swimming pool, and fitness suite.

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Cllr Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture and community engagement, said: “The demolition of the existing ice rink is pretty much complete now.

“From next month, we’ll start to prepare the Western Road site for demolition of Chaucer House, which will take some time as we’ll need to install two substations, but things are definitely progressing well.”

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