Membership plan for Stamford Endowed Schools sports centre revealed

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Plans to offer limited public use of a school sports complex have been outlined to residents.

Stamford Endowed Schools principal Stephen Roberts and bursar Simon Piggott invited people living in Conduit Road, Stamford, to a presentation yesterday (Monday) at the new £6.1m sports centre, which opened in June.

The school wants to expand the use of the new centre, which has a pool, gymnasium, fitness centre and classroom facilities.

Mr Piggott told the 30 to 40 people who attended the meeting about the school’s plan to offer about 350 memberships to the public on a two-year trial basis.

To offer memberships the school would need to apply to change to some of the conditions imposed by South Kesteven District Council when planning permission was granted, including the hours of use.

A number of residents at the meeting expressed concerns the new centre was already causing traffic problems at peak hours in Conduit Road. They were worried allowing more people to use the centre would increase these issues.

Mr Roberts and Mr Piggott said they were happy to work with residents to find a solution and said sports centre members would be told to use existing Stamford Endowed School car parks in East Street, St Paul’s Street and Brazenose Lane, instead of trying to park at the centre itself.

A report of the meeting will be sent to all Conduit Road residents, along with a questionnaire on the proposals.