Havering Council is set to reaffirm its commitment to the new Romford Leisure Development next Wednesday (20 November), by committing additional funding which will allow the project to proceed.
The new leisure development will mostly be funded through the sale of the old ice-rink site to Morrisons. But a change in market conditions since the deal was first hammered-out in 2011, means that Havering’s Cabinet will be asked to recommend a £2million cash injection to ensure the project can go ahead as planned. The money had already been set aside in a reserve in case it was needed, so the investment will not affect any other Council projects or services.
The new leisure centre has obtained planning support at all necessary levels and will include a brand-new ice rink and competition swimming pool, as well as a gym, studios and restaurant.
If agreed at the Cabinet Meeting on 20 November, the decision will need to be ratified at the full Council meeting on Wednesday 27 November.
Councillor Michael White, Leader of the Council, said:
“This is a really exciting project. It’ll be fantastic for ice skating and swimming in Havering and will bring even more visitors in to Romford town centre. And this extra money secures the funds we need to start the development as soon as we can.”