Kingston has so much to be proud of – historic assets and heritage, arts, shopping, culture, green spaces and of course the beauty of the River Thames.
In March and April this year, we ran an early engagement exercise where we asked you to tell us what your priorities are for the Kingfisher, Cattle Market car park and Guildhall complex sites.
You told us that replacing the Kingfisher, particularly the much-loved swimming pool, was your top priority. We know many people have really missed this valuable amenity. That’s why we are prioritising pushing forward with replacing the Kingfisher Leisure Centre with a new community leisure and cultural destination for everyone to enjoy, wherever they live in the Borough, whatever their age, background or needs.
We want to create a new destination which celebrates the neighbouring library and museum and provides outdoor spaces which are right for Kingston, our residents and visitors, significantly enhancing this part of Kingston.
The wider Transform Kingston programme
You also gave us valuable feedback and suggestions about how to transform the Guildhall complex and Cattle Market car park, better connecting these town centre sites and delivering a mix of uses that better serves Kingston. We will be coming back to you in the coming months with more information and early designs for both of these sites, and you will have a number of opportunities to help us to shape these plans.
Due to Cattle Market car park’s location right next to the proposed new community and leisure facility, we are already beginning to consider what may be delivered here. You can read more site location and share your thoughts on what you may like to see here through the public survey.
The Guildhall is an iconic, historic building, which we are committed to protecting – whatever we deliver here will need to put our rich heritage at its heart. We intend to ensure public access to the Guildhall is maintained and enhanced, whatever we decide to deliver here. This is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Hogsmill River, creating a new public space for people to experience and enjoy.
Our future will respect and celebrate our historic assets, enhance and increase our green spaces and blue waterways, provide new spaces to enjoy, promote healthy living, invest in a sustainable future and, most importantly, support our communities and our people.