Leisure centre plans in Egham

A swimming pool is to be constructed at the Egham Leisure Centre as well as a health spa. This could be happening soon if the Runnymede Borough Council signs an agreement needed for the project to come to life. This is a regeneration project that will be located at the site of the current building. This project is being planned by the Council and the experienced Places for People. The current Leisure Centre will remain open until the new one is fully constructed.

This project is expected to transform the town centre in Egham. The Council is currently carrying out keen consultations about town centre developments. It is only through consultations that the first phase of the project will be set out. The project has received a lot of support from different people. For instance the Group director of the Place-making and Regenerations at Places for People, Mary Parsons, said that this is a great example of how capital investments can be made by the Council with an aim to improve the facilities of the people in the town as well as create a profitable investment.

<p>Places for People is the right partner for the council to work with because they bring years of experience in the designing and making of mixed tenure and missed use developments. The Chief Executive of the Runnymede Borough Council Mr. Paul Turrell said that Places for People is experienced in both national and local projects having worked with other Surrey boroughs and he is glad that they will be working on this project. This company is one of the UK’s largest development and regenerations as well as property and leisure management companies. It is a not-for-dividend company and therefore is the perfect partner for a public project.

Also to be involved in the project is the company currently running the Leisure Centre, Achieve Lifestyle. A programme has been created which will ensure that the current centre they manage will remain operational till the new one is completed. In the new centre there will be many state of the art facilities including a swimming pool.


HLF awarded a grant to Royal Holloway

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) recently awarded a grant to Royal Holloway, University of London. The grant amounts to £485,500 and will serve the ambitious Citizens project. Citizens is a £1 million project that aims to inform the populace of what is means to be a citizen. It has been developed from a partnership between Royal Holloway College, Egham Museum, and The Magna Carta School.

The project will take users on a history journey by employing community engagement activities, support materials, and digital resources. It will touch on some of the major historical events including but not limited to the sealing of the Magna Carta and the suffragettes. Through this, Royal Holloway College and the University of London hopes to better inform the citizens about the history of reforms, protests, and liberty. As such, they will be able to understand how these and other aspects shaped their lives as they are today.

The Principal of Royal Holloway College, Professor Paul Layzell reiterated the importance of the project to the institution’s history. He pointed out that the two founders of Royal Holloway College were themselves social reformers who sought to provide higher education opportunities to women. He added that higher learning is key to personal liberty, freedom of speech and recognising civil responsibilities.

The Citizens project’s goal is to further the education that commenced following Magna Carta celebrations in 2016. Other institutions that support the project include The Historical Association, The AQA Exam board, The History of Parliament Trust, People’s History Museum, The Parliamentary Archives and the National Justice Museum among others. The University will host an annual Festival of History beginning in June 2017.

The Citizens project will oversee the development of a number of forums and resources for discussing, debating and learning. These will include an educational website with video resources as well as a network of regional researchers and museum partners. Moreover, Constitutional Conventions will be held where the youth will be tasked with drafting clauses for a present-day Magna Carta after extensive debate. The drafts will be exhibited in the Supreme Court.