MyLondon March 22 2023
Recently, this news story was published on the MyLondon news website about Kingston Leisure Centre which was demolished earlier this year. The costs to rebuild it are now so prohibitive that Kingston Council will have to revise the specification for the replacement centre.
It is not unfeasible to see a similar scenario happening to St George’s Pools. A request from the local MP Apsana Begum about reopening the pool states that this will not happen until 2026 – which means it would have been closed for six years. Our refurbishment plan would have had the pool open by next year, with minimum energy costs, minimum disruption and a leisure centre that would have been exemplary.
Unlike Kingston we still have time to rethink the plans to demolish the pool, where the housing development should be relocated to a more appropriate site so residents’ lungs will not be damaged by pollution from the Highway. It is difficult to cease pressing the case for refurbishment and urge you to rethink before St George’s ends up like Kingston.