Stephen says council’s commitment to STAR leisure hub and pool is ‘brilliant news’

Stephen has welcomed Cardiff Council’s announcement, which underlines its commitment to the delivery of new community and leisure services in Splott – calling it ‘brilliant news for the people of Splott, Tremorfa and the wider STAR area’.

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The Council is committed to delivering a new multi-million pound Hub facility at Splott Park, serving the STAR area, which will include a 25m swimming pool, a gym and fitness suite, a new library, multi-use community/leisure rooms, advice and training rooms and a community café.

Stephen said: “The news that the multi-million pound STAR leisure and community hub including a new swimming pool has been confirmed to be going ahead is simply brilliant news for the people of Splott, Tremorfa and the wider STAR area.

“I am proud to have worked alongside past and present local Labour Councillors and campaigners to fight for leisure and community services in our local area over the past two years – and I want to thank Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, Cllr Peter Bradbury and his team who have listened to the voices of the community and worked hard behind the scenes to ensure the project goes ahead, and that a new hub and pool is built to the most logistically appropriate and financially efficient plan, despite tough times.

“The scaremongering by local Lib Dems over the past year now needs to stop. It is only because they failed to invest in our local leisure services that their viability ever came into question – and it is Lib Dem-Tory government cuts to Wales that have put many further services at risk.

“This announcement proves that even in tough times, our Labour council is working hard to support the areas of most need in our city – and that new ways of delivering high quality services can be found.”

The council says that work is expected to start on the project in Spring 2015 with a 12-month construction programme. Preparatory work will begin in August. The council also says that not until the STAR Hub is opened will the existing STAR Centre close and the site be redeveloped for new housing.





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