Some new snippets of information have emerged about plans to shut Waterfront leisure centre in Woolwich and open on a new site off General Gordon Square.
The scheme has seen a few delays with a 2024/25 date now estimated, and according to a report: “the Council is in advanced negotiations to purchase a property on Powis Street which will enable the relocation of The Point. Negotiations are also advanced in securing vacant possession of Viscount House by 2020″.
Interesting that it says purchase a shop unit in Powis Street and not lease. The Point offers services to 16-19 years olds.
Moving The Point doesn’t assist with the main sticking point which is Wilco’s not budging from the site and having a long lease. Until they move plans cannot proceed.
If they do gain possession in 2020 the 2024/25 date for a new centre seems quite slow. Particularly if that’s only phase 1 and not phase 2 including new homes.
The move has taken so long money is now having to be spent on short term fixes for the existing leisure centre.