Future of Alton Sports Centre

A number of local residents have written to me to express concerns regarding alleged plans to build a new sports centre on the area of land called the Chawton triangle.  I wish to issue the following statement:

East Hampshire District Council have made no decisions regarding the future of Alton Sports Centre. We are currently preparing a tender brief for independent  consultants to advise on options including refurbishment of the existing centre or to build a new facility. If it is recommended to build a new facility the brief identifies a number of potential sites across the town but gives the freedom to also suggest alternatives including the existing site. We expect to receive the consultants report in April 2013.