Following a huge public meeting at Hove Town Hall, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, is delighted by the response and huge turnout for the public meeting on the future of the King Alfred Leisure Centre.
Over 350 residents packed out the meeting room in Hove Town Hall today. Keen to hear what residents have to say about what they want from a new leisure centre, Mike decided to host a public meeting to gauge public opinion.
There was a desire from residents, both who attend the meeting and those who contacted Mike beforehand, that sports should be the main focus of the site. It was also clear from the meeting that there is overwhelming support for a 50m swimming pool. Keeping the seafront location was certainly considered important and another facility that proved popular was a large ice rink.
Commenting, Mike said: “It was great to see so many people attend the meeting today and contribute with their views on how the King Alfred should be redeveloped. We’ve received a huge amount of input on what a future leisure centre should be like and I will be writing to Brighton & Hove City Council with a summary of the day.”
Mike added, “I want to thank all the speakers who took the time to take part in this discussion. I hope that this meeting illustrates the need for progress to be made concerning the redevelopment of this important site. Quite frankly, everyone is fed up with council delays that have meant that nothing has happened over the past 10 years. Residents know what they want – we just need it to be built.”