£2.5m upgrade planned for popular lake, including new water sports centre

Lakeside Country Park in Eastleigh, photographed by Daily Echo reader Donna Collett.

Lakeside Country Park in Eastleigh, photographed by Daily Echo reader Donna Collett.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A POPULAR Hampshire lake looks set for a £2.5m upgrade – with plans unveiled for a new water sports centre.

Council chiefs revealed the proposal for Lakeside Country Park in Eastleigh which would modernise current facilities in a bid to attract more customers to use it.

Under the plan, the current storage barns and small visitors’ centre would be demolished, making way for two new buildings with six changing rooms, improved storage, toilets, catering, a function room capable of seating 60 people and – for the first time – a changing facility for disabled users.

Other ideas are solar panels and a green or “living” roof covered in vegetation.

The lakes, near junction five of the M27 on Wide Lane, were created when gravel was taken to make the motorway.

They are currently used for fishing, canoeing and kayaking as well as managed open-water swimming sessions twice a week in the summer.

A number of local colleges, Scout groups as well as clubs, including Eastleigh and District Model Boat Club, use Lakeside. Newfoundland dogs are also trained for water rescue there.

The estimated cost of delivering the project, including construction and design, is just less than £2.5m, though no planning application has been submitted yet.

The council has already committed £1m from its New Homes Bonus to the project – money that comes from central Government for building social housing.

But the idea has been questioned by Conservative opposition leader Councillor Godfrey Olson, who said: “I wonder whether there are not greater priorities in the borough than spending that amount.”

He questioned where the funds would come from and whether any increase in takings would repay this cost, at least short term.

However, council leader Councillor Keith House said that the remainder of funding would be through future income from the centre and there was no plan to increase charges to those who currently use the facility.

Residents can hear a presentation at the Eastleigh Local Committee meeting at the civic offices tonight from 7pm.

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11:05am Tue 4 Mar 14

ToastyTea says...

Will it include an ice rink ?
Will it include an ice rink ? ToastyTea
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1:18pm Tue 4 Mar 14

rich the stitch says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Will it include an ice rink ?
Only in winter
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Will it include an ice rink ?[/p][/quote]Only in winter rich the stitch
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1:31pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

rich the stitch wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
Will it include an ice rink ?
Only in winter
Winter? What's that?
[quote][p][bold]rich the stitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Will it include an ice rink ?[/p][/quote]Only in winter[/p][/quote]Winter? What's that? Ginger_cyclist
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2:49pm Tue 4 Mar 14

__KTF__ says...

A popular lake. Strange way to describe it...
A popular lake. Strange way to describe it... __KTF__
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3:29pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

__KTF__ wrote:
A popular lake. Strange way to describe it...
Would be more popular with people paying for day tickets to fish there if it was made into a more secure site, fishing tackle has a tendency to walk away during the night at times from what I've heard, sometimes just leaving people with their bed chairs, sleeping bags and bivvies.
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: A popular lake. Strange way to describe it...[/p][/quote]Would be more popular with people paying for day tickets to fish there if it was made into a more secure site, fishing tackle has a tendency to walk away during the night at times from what I've heard, sometimes just leaving people with their bed chairs, sleeping bags and bivvies. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -1

4:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

No mention of the railway?
No mention of the railway? OSPREYSAINT
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4:05pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
No mention of the railway?
Isn't that privately owned?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: No mention of the railway?[/p][/quote]Isn't that privately owned? Ginger_cyclist
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5:25pm Tue 4 Mar 14

03alpe01 says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Will it include an ice rink ?
There will never be another ice rink in Southampton again. Ever
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Will it include an ice rink ?[/p][/quote]There will never be another ice rink in Southampton again. Ever 03alpe01
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5:50pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

03alpe01 wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
Will it include an ice rink ?
There will never be another ice rink in Southampton again. Ever
Lakeside isn't even in Southampton anyway.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Will it include an ice rink ?[/p][/quote]There will never be another ice rink in Southampton again. Ever[/p][/quote]Lakeside isn't even in Southampton anyway. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -2

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