SOUTHAMPTON outdoor Sport Centre located in Thornhill Road in Southampton is in need of development. The 150 acre complex that includes athletics track, football pitches, ski slope, BMX track and tennis courts welcomes around 200,000 thousand people per year. It was built in 1939 and needs bringing up to date as it is a bit tired and warn out of date.
There is not yet an agreed redevelopment plan. The council do know that improvements are in need, however, in order to go forward they need to find outside financial support, as the council can’t afford to take it on themselves. The council want to work with external sporting companies such as the Football Association and Sport England to ensure funding for the developments.
Councillor Satvir Kaur, a Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Leisure is part of the redevelopment plan and believes that “It’s a real asset for the city as a whole. For me it not just for the residents of Basset, it’s a massive sports facility that can be used by the city as well as regionally and nationally. There are some brilliant facilities there and a lot going on but it does need a lot of improvements.”
The reason the facility is getting assistance from the council is because it serves so many people but can’t be put on the map because it doesn’t have those much-needed improvements. The plans in the draft proposals set by the council aim to reduce running costs and increase use in the centre all year round.
Councillor Satvir Kaur says “I want to take it kicking and screaming into 21st century so that it can appeal to a mass market its more than just making sporty people more sporty but widening participation in sporting activities.”