New sports and leisure facilities proposed for Yiewsley and West Drayton
Friday 31 May: Hillingdon Council revealed further details about proposals for a new high quality state-of-the art sports and leisure facility in the Yiewsley and West Drayton area at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday 30 May.
The new leisure complex, which will be for people of all ages, is planned to be built at Harmondsworth Road/Rowlheys Place, West Drayton. Facilities at the new development will include an eight-lane 25-metre swimming pool, a leisure pool for more recreational swimming with play features, a sports hall big enough to incorporate four marked courts, and a climbing wall and soft play area for younger visitors. There will also be a gymnasium, exercise studios, a health suite and cafe. Even the roof is being put to creative use with an outdoor sports pitch.
There are also plans for a potential new community space for local groups offering activities and programmes at the Otterfield Road site in Yiewsley.
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "Our residents have told us they'd like to see new facilities for young people and improved leisure facilities for people of all ages in the community. Thanks to sound financial management the council is in a position to commit millions of pounds into providing state-of-the-art facilities, which will also significantly improve our built environment. These exemplary facilities will help encourage healthier lifestyles, inspire community spirit and fortify civic pride in our borough."
The proposals are one of three master plan developments in the Yiewsley and West Drayton area. There are plans for the existing library and car park at Falling Lane and High Street, Yiewsley to be redeveloped into a new library and housing, including discounted or shared ownership homes to assist first time buyers in the borough. There are also proposals to redevelop the former Yiewsley Pool site off Otterfield Road into new housing and a community space.
Council officers will now develop more detailed proposals for the new sports and leisure facilities, and subject to planning approval, works could commence in the spring or summer of 2020.