West View leisure centre land transfer could see more parking spaces

Posted on - 22nd January, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Ribbleton
The climbing wall at West View
The climbing wall at West View

A piece of unused land next to a Preston leisure centre looks set to be gifted to its new operators.

Greenwich Leisure Limited now run West View and Fulwood leisure centres.

Preston City Council is preparing to offload a patch of land next door to the West View centre to the social enterprise.

Worth £122,000 the land was previously owned by James Hall and Co Limited who have moved to Bluebell Way in Fulwood.

The land also comes with a gift of £100,000 which is due to be passed to GLL but on the condition the land is used ‘for the benefit of the local community and users of West View Leisure Centre’.

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Council documents outline for the city council’s cabinet the details of the land transfer – which would be for the nominal sum of £1 – and for a term of 125 years. The land at the time of transfer to the council was proposed to become additional car parking spaces for the leisure centre.

A time limit is put on the disposal of the land and the £100,000 to be spent – of 13 April 2019.

Council officers write: The Council is, therefore, only able to comply with the terms of the £100,000 gift i.e. to provide additional facilities at the West View Leisure Centre for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area together with the promotion and improvement of the inhabitants’ social wellbeing, through GLL

“Although there is no similar restriction on the use of the land gifted by James Hall and Co. the original purpose behind the transfer was to provide additional car parking capacity to the leisure centre.

“It is considered advantageous to transfer this land to GLL so that it is available to them to enhance the leisure centre facilities in the future should the opportunity arise.”

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A spokesman for GLL – who took on running the leisure centres in May last year – said: “As the report is due to be discussed at Cabinet next week and until then there is no formal position from the Council on the land transfer, we are unable to comment.”

Councillors will meet on Wednesday (24 January) to discuss the transfer and if it should go ahead.

What do you think about the proposal? Do you use West View? What would you like to see happen with the land? Let us know in the comments below

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