£300,000 of funding has been awarded to Rushmoor Borough Council to help bring forward its plans for a new leisure centre and civic hub in Farnborough town centre.

On Tuesday, members of Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet heard that a bid to the government's One Public Estate (OPE) programme had been successful.  

The council will be using the money to develop its preferred options and business ideas for the former leisure centre site in the town centre, including the co-location of public services alongside the council offices as part of a new community civic hub for Farnborough. 

Councillor Martin Tennant, Cabinet Member for Major Projects and Property at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "It's a really exciting time as we move ahead with our plans for Farnborough and this new funding will help us to explore all the opportunities that a new leisure centre and civic hub could bring to the town centre." 

The proposed new facility forms part of wider plans for the Civic Quarter that have been drawn up and submitted by the Rushmoor Development Partnership (which brings together the council and its development partner, Hill Investment Partnership Ltd). 

These include opportunities for a leisure centre, retail space, new homes, a library, healthcare space, office space for the council, a hotel, a replacement skate park and a central park that can be used for events all year round. 

During the meeting, the Cabinet also approved £35,000 of additional funding to support the development of a new town centre strategy for Farnborough town centre.  

Councillor Tennant added: "There is no doubt that it has been a challenging time for our town centres. The focus of our strategy for Farnborough will be to make sure the town centre continues to be an attractive place for our residents, visitors, and businesses, and finds itself in a strong position to recover from the effects of the pandemic and the current financial challenges being experienced." 

Following an update on the demolition work currently under way at the former Farnborough Leisure Centre, £627,000 was allocated from the council's capital programme to fund essential works to safely remove asbestos from the demolition site including £10,000 to keep the site secure with additional hoardings. 

Further information and the proposals for the Farnborough Civic Quarter are available on our Farnborough town centre regeneration pages.

 

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