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City Council supports campus plan
PLANS for Salisbury’s community campus have been supported by the city council.
A planning application for an extension at Five Rivers Leisure Centre to accommodate the new facilities and services was considered by Salisbury City Council’s planning and transportation committee on Monday night.
The application is for a two-storey main extension, a single storey changing room extension and a single story gym extension as well as remodelling and refurbishment of spaces in the existing building.
The £6m campus is being funded by Wiltshire Council and will see youth services, the Wiltshire music service, council officers and police response and neighbourhood policing teams co-located under one roof. The project would also include enhanced leisure facilities and large multi-purpose spaces that can be used for activities, meetings or exercise classes and services for disabled users.
The application has received only one letter of objection from the public which raises concerns about the extra traffic that will be using the junctions between Butts Road and Castle Road and between Ashley Road and Devizes Road.
The city council committee is also concerned about the Ashley Road junction and asked that any improvements that are identified are undertaken and that an ecology report is completed.
But city clerk Reg Williams said the committee was generally very supportive of the project.
The consultation period closes on September 5 and a decision on whether or not to grant planning permission is expected to be made by the end of October.
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