Leisure centres in Wandsworth earmarked for urgent revamps

By Charlotte Lillywhite, Local Democracy Reporter

Wandsworth council is set to spend £3.6million on immediate upgrades to its leisure centres to bring them up to an ‘acceptable standard’.

The cash will be for urgent roof repairs, new lifts, air conditioning upgrades and a new play centre.

A report by council officers said extra investment in Wandsworth’s roads and pavements – to the tune of £19.8m – and immediate upgrades to leisure centres would make the borough “more attractive”.

The executive will make a final decision on the planned additions on March 4.

Labour councillor Jeremy Ambache said the borough had fallen “into some state of disrepair in terms of our capital assets, highways, footways, leisure centres [and] family hubs”.

Fenella Merry, executive director of finance, added the leisure centre upgrades would “bring those assets up to a standard where they will be able to be used for many years to come”.

Here is what is planned:

  • Balham Leisure Centre: air conditioning upgrades, renewal of sports and studio hall flooring and revamp of accessible toilet/changing area.
  • Tooting Leisure Centre: air conditioning upgrades, replacement of pool basin tiling and renewal of sports and studio hall flooring.
  • Roehampton Leisure Centre: renewal of roof coverings and renewal of sports and studio hall flooring.
  • Putney Leisure Centre: new play centre, revamp of kitchen in Dryburgh Hall, renewal of sports and studio hall flooring, revamp of accessible toilet/changing area and air conditioning upgrades.
  • Latchmere Leisure Centre: roof and boundary wall repairs, renewal of sports and studio hall flooring, LED lighting installation, intruder alarm replacement and air conditioning upgrades.
  • Wandle Leisure Centre: air conditioning upgrades and renewal of sports and studio hall flooring.

The report said upgrades to swimming pool filtration vessels, door replacements, new lifts and boiler repairs or replacements are also planned at various leisure centres.

Pictured top: Tooting Leisure Centre (Picture: Google Street View)

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