Wycombe Council is planning to “improve sport and leisure facilities for the whole community and create a destination that could become a sporting centre of excellence.
Facilities that we are considering include a community stadium, training academies, health and fitness facilities and a wide range of publicly accessible sports and leisure amenities.”
They need between 15-35 Hectares to build the luxury sports facility, hotel and conference centre.
Sounds fabulously expensive! But is it needed and where will it be?!
There are a few options, with the more sensible and cheaper option to improve the current state of Adams Park, and then the option that will affect us all… moving to Booker!
WSDL (Wycombe Sports Developments Ltd) confirmed on Tuesday that it wanted to build a state-of-the-art 17,500-20,000 seater stadium, a cricket pitch, five-a-side pitches and athletics facilities plus hotel and conference centre all at Wycombe Air Park in Booker.
This private venture will host London Wasps and Wycombe Wanders games, and will be a nightmare to the local villages that will surround this area.
Steve Hayes, owner of the clubs says. “This is about building something in Wycombe that we can be proud of, that will deliver a major boost to the community and which will provide a lasting legacy.”
Well, one problem Mr Hayes, this will not be in Wycombe! You are not boosting Wycombe’s tourism or its profits by hosting games so far away from town.
Before the Council spends money on this venture it will be considering the opinions of the locals and will be holding a number of meetings.
It is important that locals stand up for what they believe in, the disruption this will cause will be worse than trying to get into John Lewis on a Saturday near Christmas!
There are no direct trains or buses to booker, there will be more traffic to the area, which means more pollution and yet another area of countryside will be ruined by a corporation who believes they are acting for the good of the people, when in reality they are only acting for themselves.
How much money will this stadium really bring in? Is it worth ruining the surrounding villages for!
If you are irked by this make sure you attend meetings and get online to vote against it . Online Form
Another public exhibition will be held at Marlow’s Court Garden Leisure Complex on October 5 and at the Risborough Information Centre in Princes Risborough on October 14.
The first of two interactive public meetings into the plans will be held at 7pm at The King’s Centre in Desborough Road on Thursday.
The second of the public meetings will take place at the High Wycombe Town Hall on Tuesday, October 12 at 7pm.
Booking is required for both meetings, via firstname.lastname@example.org