UTTOXETER’S MP has stepped up his campaign to get the town’s leisure centre renamed in honour of gold-medal winning swimmer Adam Peaty.
Andrew Griffiths has written to Andy O’Brien, chief executive of East Staffordshire Borough Council, in a bid to get the Oldfields Road centre named after the 19-year-old who took home two gold medals and one silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The council has hinted that if enough people contact the four Uttoxeter councillors, a name change could be on the cards – despite the fact that consultation is over and a decision has been reached to keep the name the same.
Support has been flooding in for the change on Facebook and Twitter.
The MPs letter reads: “Like people across Uttoxeter and East Staffordshire, I am sure you will be as delighted as I am with the success of Uttoxeter’s own Adam Peaty at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
“For any swimmer and athlete to win gold medals, plus a silver, at the Commonwealth Games is a sensational achievement, but for someone of the age of 19 to do as Adam has, makes the achievement all the greater.
While I am fully aware that the consultation on the naming of Uttoxeter Leisure Centre’s pool has now closed, I think we as a borough were presented with an opportunity which should simply not be wasted.
“Adam’s success has the very real potential to inspire young people across East Staffordshire, particularly swimmers, to either get involved in the sport or raise their game and go that extra length, so we can see even more home grown athletes representing our area on the international stage.
“From central government to local authorities – everyone has a responsibility to ensure the positive sporting boost of Glasgow 2014 is sustained over the coming years.
“Not only would ‘The Adam Peaty Leisure Centre’ be a fitting tribute to Adam from a proud borough, but I believe it would also inspire young people who could see the importance of getting involved in community sport and pursing their talents as far as they can.
“I would ask that the council gives this matter genuine and immediate consideration because, as I say, we have a unique opportunity here which should not be squandered.”
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