An evening with Bob Champion – Postponement

An evening with Bob Champion – Monday 3 April 2017




To our great disappointment, we have to announce that this eagerly awaited event has been postponed until such times that our potentially fantastic leisure centre is in a suitable condition to be proudly re-opened and re-branded as the ‘Laurence Jackson Sports Village – Home of Champions’.


Despite assurances, there are several unfinished areas which raise concern and call into question our decision to mark the intended celebration at this stage:-


  1. Unfinished exterior surfaces and peeling paintwork.
  2. Unfinished roofing – scaffolding remains in place.
  3. Boarded up window.
  4. Sports hall floor – hundreds of minor repairs to damage caused by heavy machinery but overall impression very poor and without suitably finished surface.
  5. Asbestos – despite persistent requests, GT have failed to supply relevant documentation to meet their legal responsibility.
  6. Soft landscaping incomplete and looks untouched/unloved.
  7. Squash court and climbing wall remain unusable with future works planned for week commencing 17 April.
  8. There remain 25 outstanding defects in the GLC, including one which led to personal injury for a member of staff on Wednesday 22 March.
  9. Demolition continues adjacent to the GLC which does not create the required environment for a major re-launch.
  10. Tennis courts and BMX track are part of phase 3 and consequently are yet to be completed/available.


LJS staff have spent over 3 months in the design and preparation of what should have been an iconic evening but with only 6 working days to go we feel that the GLC will not be ready and therefore it is prudent to pull the plug and re-arrange for later in 2017.  Hopefully by then, all the aforementioned work will be completed to a satisfactory standard.


There will undoubtedly be major disappointment within the community but we would rather take this tough decision now than run the risk of a complete anti-climax on the night when cutting a ribbon on a half finished building looks somewhat underwhelming.


We will ensure that all those intending to join the celebration are informed well in advance and invited to the re-arranged event once a suitable time line has been implemented.

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