Raiders fans can view rink plans

PUBLISHED: 08:17 17 July 2012

The new development will be on Western Road in Romford town centre

The new development will be on Western Road in Romford town centre


Romford Library to stage exhibition

Romford Raiders supporters can get a better look at what the team’s new rink could look like later this week.

Havering Council and William Morrison Supermarkets Plc are holding a public exhibition at Romford’s Central Library this week, starting on Thursday.

And fans will be able to view plans for the new town centre leisure development, as well the Rom Valley Way site.

The Council is selling the current ice rink site to Morrisons to fund the new leisure complex, which will be built in Western Road.

Subject to planning permission, the four-storey leisure centre will feature a replacement ice rink, as well as an eight-lane competition swimming pool, a learner pool, sauna and steam room, changing areas, fitness suite with studio, a multi-use dance studio, and restaurant.

Havering Council Leader, Cllr Michael White, said: “We know that Havering residents have long wanted to see a new swimming pool and leisure centre built in Romford, for the enjoyment of the whole community.

“The Council has shared this ambition with them and I’m very pleased that this scheme has now reached the public consultation stage after much work behind the scenes.

“I can’t wait myself to see building work start on the project.

“However, it is very important that we get this project right, and that it meets the needs of all those who will use the leisure complex.

“This is why we are holding the exhibition. We want to hear from as many residents, sports groups and interested parties as possible.

“So get yourself down to Central Library, have a good look at the proposals, and then tell the Council and Morrisons what you think of them.”

At the public exhibition, residents will be able to see detailed artist’s impressions of what each floor of the leisure centre will look like, what facilities will be included, and what the new building will look like from the outside.

They will also be able to see Morrisons’ plans which, subject to planning permission, will deliver a new foodstore and petrol filling station in Rom Valley Way, along with approximately 65 residential units.

Hundreds of jobs will be created by both schemes, with around 300 jobs in the Morrisons foodstore alone.

Both schemes are still in the early stages, and it is expected that full planning applications could be submitted later this year.

Construction of the new leisure centre could then start early in 2014, with the centre set to welcome its first customers in 2015.

Richard Haynes, development executive at Morrisons, said: “The proposals will help to unlock the Council’s long-standing aspiration for a new ice rink and swimming pool in the town centre, while also bringing Morrisons’ high quality, fresh produce offer to Romford, creating hundreds of new jobs and giving local residents more choice at the affordable prices Morrisons is famous for.

“The public consultation is an important part of the planning process for delivering this exciting vision for Romford and I hope as many people as possible are able to attend the exhibitions to see the draft plans and give their views.”

The plans will be on display during normal library opening hours and the public exhibition will be staffed by representatives of the project teams on Thursday (2-8pm), Friday (12pm-6pm) and Saturday (10am-4pm). Entry is free of charge.

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