PUBLISHED: 19:01 09 November 2018 james scott Save Britannia Leisure Centre campaigners on the steps of Hackney Town Hal. Photo by Polly Hancock Archant Placard-bearing protestors gathered on the steps of Hackney Town Hall as the £384million Britannia Leisure Centre redevelopment project was waved through by planners. Save Britannia Leisure Centre campaigners on the steps of Hackney Town Hall. Photo by Polly HancockSave the Britannia Leisure Centre campaigners were making a final stand against the flattening of their cherished facility to make way for a “state-of-the-art” replacement, a housing development and a permanent home for the City of London Academy Shoreditch Park – the school which is currently stuck using a temporary building up the road in Haggerston Park.The council is relying on funding the project through the sale of luxury flats on the site, while the scheme includes just 81 “affordable” flats out of 481. The refurbished leisure centre includes a 25-metre pool, training pool, a cafe, a six-court sports hall, crèche and soft play area, sauna and steam room, gym, four squash courts, two five-a-side pitches and two tennis courts. Pat Turnbull, who has been a member of the Britannia since it opened in 1980, told the Gazette:… Read full this story
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