Starting gun sounds for athletics track

By James Renoux-Wood - Tue 28 October 2014, 5:05 pm

Southwark Council has given final approval for plans to build a new athletics centre at Southwark Park and has selected contractors for the scheme.

At the cost of £1.1 million, it will be part-funded by Southwark's Olympic Capital Legacy Fund, with other contributions from the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund, and the Mayor of London’s Facility Fund. 

It will include a six-lane athletics track with an eight lane 100m straight and a hammer/discus cage, as well as facilities for long and triple jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put and javelin.

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for public health, parks and leisure, said: "It's great news that plans for the Southwark Athletics Centre are now progressing onto the next stage and I know we are hoping work can begin on site before the end of the year. 

"We will of course be talking to local residents and friends of the park before this happens to help ensure that they are fully aware of any upcoming construction and the anticipated timeline. I'm sure when it’s open, the centre will be a fantastic facility to help develop grassroot athletics in the borough."