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A new leisure centre to be proud of

Exciting plans for a new leisure centre and 50m pool, to replace the existing Gurnell Leisure Centre, are being revealed at a special information event next week.

Join council officers for an information session on 30 November between 6pm and 7.30pm in Perceval House, Uxbridge Road, Ealing. It is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the new plans or provide feedback. Spaces are limited, please sign up if you wish to attend.

The event has reached maximum capacity, but to ensure as many people can engage with the proposals, the session will be hybrid, meaning people can also join on virtually on Microsoft Teams. If you have signed up for the in-person session, please arrive at 6pm. If you want to join virtually, please use the meeting link at 6.30pm.

The council wants to create a unique destination for residents to enjoy more active, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyles, and residents, businesses and community groups are invited to share their views.

Watch a short video to find out how you can get involved.

Listening to you

Built in the 1970s, the existing leisure centre has been closed since the first COVID lockdown, as it was unsafe to reopen. Previous proposals for the redevelopment of the centre were rejected by the council’s planning committee in April 2021.

Councillor Peter Mason, council leader said: “As part of making plans for the future of Gurnell, we really have been listening to you, local residents, about what the future should be. And so far, almost 2,000 of you have engaged in that conversation with us.

“The great news is that we are now ready to share some plans about early designs for the future leisure centre and we really want to see what you think. “

Modern leisure centre for all

Councillor Polly Knewstub, cabinet member for thriving communities, said: “My kids learned to swim here – like so many generations did, so I know that Gurnell was an incredibly important part of life in Ealing for so many of us.

“We plan to build an even better pool and gym right here on the site of the old leisure centre.“

Next steps

The council will be conducting a public consultation in January next year, where residents can share their views.

The council will submit a planning application in the spring. If approved, works are expected to start in summer 2025 and the new leisure centre to open in 2027.

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