Bradley Stoke Town Council has decided to conduct a public consultation to gather ideas for possible future uses for the hard court area at the Brook Way Activity Centre.
The news comes just two months after Mayor Brian Hopkinson was accused of attempting to “railroad through” a decision to build on the land, with half the plot being given over to the Incredible Kids charity and the other to a yet-to-be-formed body called the ‘Bradley Stoke Youth Trust’.
September’s meeting of Full Council rejected the Mayor’s plea for an instant decision to be made, instead calling on officers to produce a report “on all possible proposals”.
Reporting back to the November meeting of Full Council, officers said their investigations had revealed that there appears to be no condition on the current planning permission for the whole Brook Way site, which is leased from South Gloucestershire Council, that would require the hard court area “to remain as such”.
Apart from the possibility of using the site for community buildings, the report also identifies “extra car parking spaces” and “allotments” as alternative uses.
The cost of permanently converting the hard court into an area suitable for car parking is estimated at £53,000.
The report also suggests that a temporary solution to the ongoing parking problems at the combined community centre and doctors’ surgery site could be achieved for less than £2,000, by taking out some of the hard court fencing and constructing an entrance drive for vehicles. However, some councillors are sceptical that the current hard court surface would be adequate for this purpose.
Councillors were told that “it would be advisable … to carry out a public consultation exercise to gauge public opinion” before making any firm decision and they agreed to engage with the local media in Bradley Stoke to launch a first phase of consultation, “asking a simple question about the future of the hard court at Brook Way Activity Centre, with officers reporting back to the next Full Council meeting in January 2014”.
This article originally appeared in the December edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to all homes in Bradley Stoke.
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