Tory leisure centre survey criticised

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A recent survey on the Eastwood Leisure Centre conducted by East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton and Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw, has been met with criticism.

According to the survey, the majority of residents who completed the survey oppose the building of the Leisure Centre on Shawwood and Broomburn Park.

A total of 91.7 per cent of respondents oppose building at Broomburn Park, whilst 89.5 per cent oppose building the new leisure centre at Shawwood Park.

The MP and MSP contacted households around the two parks, many of whom had said they were unaware of the possible development, and so had not been given a proper opportunity to take part in the council consultation.

Read more: Residents oppose new leisure centre at Broomburn or Shawwood

But in response to the survey findings, Councillor Colm Merrick said: “As Mr Carlaw and Mr Masterton are well aware, no decision has been reached on the building or location of the proposed new leisure centre.

“It is poor they chose not to make that clear to residents in their case survey which I understand was issued to their contact lists and some (but not all) neighbours of the two parks.

“Whilst this of course means their survey is not a representative measure of opinion, myself and colleagues continue to engage with our residents to establish their views and provide information.

“I look forward to when a decision on the plans for a new leisure centre will be made.”