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Access to Talacre is secured by legal agreement

PUBLISHED: 10:13 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:48 07 September 2010

Further to your article (Sports centre access blocked, H&H January 8) I would like to reassure residents that access to Talacre Community Sports Centre is protected now and in the future. The council, along with the planning inspector and the Mayor of L

Further to your article (Sports centre access blocked, H&H January 8) I would like to reassure residents that access to Talacre Community Sports Centre is protected now and in the future.

The council, along with the planning inspector and the Mayor of London, is fully confident that suitable alternative access arrangements are to be put in place following the "stopping up" of the existing Dalby Street.

These arrangements are secured through a legal agreement that requires the developer to ensure properly managed access to the sports centre is provided at all times. This will be initially via the existing Dalby Street and later along newly constructed routes over the site.

Not only do the arrangements ensure continued access to the community sports centre, the council is also clear that the new arrangements will provide much safer road and pedestrian access.

Following a public inquiry, an independently appointed highways inspector also agreed the new proposed access will be an improvement and will better serve visitors to the centre.

The closure is required for the development of new housing and a new doctor's surgery on the ground floor.

Talacre is one of our most successful leisure facilities, welcoming hundreds of visitors every week and its continued success is of utmost importance to us. This important aim has strongly influenced our handling of the planning application and road closure proposals relating to the Dalby Street development.

Cllr Chris Knight

Executive Member for Environment

Camden Council


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