Conservatives are committed to tackling challenges of an ageing population
Your local Conservatives are committed to investing in Bishop's Stortford to make a great place to live even better. Significant investment is planned for our fitness and sporting facilities, which residents have told us is a key priority for their families.
A Conservative-run district council is committed to delivering a new leisure centre at Grange Paddocks. The new leisure centre will be built alongside the existing centre, meaning no disruption to services during the build. The plans include new pools, a large new gym and fitness studios, crèche facility, 3G astro pitch and a new football changing area.
This is a significant investment in the town that will replace ageing premises with a new state of the art fitness facility. The increased capacity will benefit local residents and enable everyone to lead a healthier and more active life.
The town council is also set to receive a sum of money from the county council and a Conservative-run town council would advertise the opportunity for capital funding of local projects to enable local groups, including sports clubs, to benefit from this money as we continue to invest in our town making a great place to live even better.
The Conservative district council has also worked with Herts & Essex High School to advance £1m of s106 money towards the cost of a new sports facility that included a new sports hall and judo hall. The District Council has also developed leisure and open space strategies that have identified sports clubs that may benefit from, and apply for, s106 funding as it becomes available.
Your local Conservatives have also secured nearly £2m in lottery funding for the Castle Park project linking Castle Gardens and Sworders Field. The project will include modern tennis courts and a new skateboarding facility. The town council has also worked to improve the BMX track.
As a district we have an ageing population, and a Conservative district council is committed to continuing the success of its 'Forever Active' community programme that provides exercise classes for the over 50s to promote health and wellbeing. This has been a success involving around 2,600 people across the district.
The Conservative district council has also taken measures to encourage the use of our open spaces for leisure and walking. The Southern Country Park was created using contributions from developers and was recently awarded Green Flag status as a well managed park and recreational outdoor space.
A Conservative-run council would be committed to linking green spaces, for example linking Thorley Park to the Southern Country Park.
If re-elected your local Conservative councillors will continue to press for investment in our town's leisure facilities and are committed to delivering significant improvements already in the pipeline such as the new leisure centre at Grange Paddocks.