Ground work to start for new family leisure centre

Ground testing work at the proposed site for the new Morden family leisure centre has kicked off.

Following the cabinet decision to build the family leisure centre at a new site on the London Road side of Morden Park, ground testing surveys will be carried out over the coming weeks. Testing is also being carried out on the existing Morden Park Pools site. Other surveys have already started and these will continue to take place prior to the planning applications being submitted.

Chosen for its prime location and accessibility, sensitivity to the local area, and minimal ecological impact, using this site ensures that the existing pool can remain open for residents to use while the leisure centre is being built. By locating the new centre on this site, the council can also return the original leisure centre to public green space.

Results of a consultation carried out by consultation specialists PPS Group show support from residents and pool users for a new family leisure centre to replace the ageing pool in Morden Park.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Nick Draper said: “I knew it was essential for the current centre to remain open for local people, and especially local schoolchildren, while the new leisure centre is being built, so I am glad this was agreed at Cabinet. The proposed site is in a great location and offers good links to Morden town centre. Getting the right site is an important step and with ground testing work starting, we are making good progress towards delivering the new family sports facility that local people want.”

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  1. The testing and surveys being carried out will be used to identify the condition of the ground on the chosen site, map contours on the ground as well as looking at the impact the construction may have on the surrounding area, which will be taken into account in the planning applications.