The only hope for the site to be something more useful to the community is to put together an alternative bid.
This means fundraising to try to get enough money together to buy the land and build the kind of facility people in the area would benefit from. Possibly this could occur with the backing of council funding as well.
Our council have a sizable chunk of money ready to be spent on sports facilities. With land ownership there are many grants and pots of funding which are accessible for creating the kind of facility which would help many different types of people in different stages of life to stay fit and healthy.
An alternative development was proposed by Hyde Park Olympic Legacy Action group in 2013. Though the plan was written before the swimming pool and sports hall were demolished, the emphasis and philosophy would be the same.
This would likely take the form of a charity, co-operative or public interest corporation running:
- A playing field or outdoor exercise spaces
- Sports halls for teams and individuals to use
- A gym
- Car and bike parking
- Whatever the public or donors would like to see in this are
- Access to affordable sport, health and recreation for people of all ages