Leisure park alternatives not revealed

Daily Echo: Keith Wood Keith Wood

CAMPAIGNERS in Winchester are furious that civic chiefs have withheld alternative proposals for a new leisure centre.

The current exhibition by the city council outlines four options for replacing the River Park Leisure Centre, but controversy surrounds one of them as it would involve building on playing fields.

But a packed meeting attended by 200 people last week heard that council leader Keith Wood has been presented with at least two more alternatives which would not require any more land than the centre now occupies.

Despite calls for greater transparency from action groups like Save the Rec, the alternatives have not been made public. Some councillors were unaware of the alternative options outlined in a report by Savills including Jane Rutter and Brian Collin.

Winchester City Council has not made a comment.

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