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Uttoxeter council plans to meet over new bid to name leisure centre after Adam Peaty

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

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COUNCIL leaders are set to hold a special meeting to discuss the possibility of renaming the town's leisure centre after swimming legend Adam Peaty.

Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths has revealed he has received a letter from Andy O'Brien, chief executive of East Staffordshire Borough Council, saying the possibility of naming Uttoxeter Leisure Centre after the 19-year-old following his Commonwealth Games success has not been ruled out.

In fact, a meeting is set to be held to discuss the idea for the Oldfields Road centre with the borough councillors covering Uttoxeter, although the date of this has not yet been revealed.

The letter stated: "The leader, Councillor Hardwick and I intend to discuss the matter with Councillors Ball, Barrett, Blencowe and Riley.

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"On all of our minds is the need to allow Adam and other sports people the opportunity to be honoured in time for their future achievements.

"East Staffordshire Borough Council and Uttoxeter Town Council are holding a joint reception for Adam which I am sure you will be invited to."

A consultation to re-name centre was launched earlier this year but it was decided to keep the name the same as it is after not many people responded, and they voted against the changes.

However, after Mr Peaty, of Byrds Lane, left the games in Glasgow with two gold medals and a silver, Mr Griffiths has launched a campaign for the centre to have a name change.

It has already received masses of support from residents after he pitched the idea on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

The MP told the Advertiser: "Adam Peaty is the most successful sportsman Uttoxeter has ever known.

"I have found that the majority of people I have spoken to in Uttoxeter think that it is a good idea to name the leisure centre after him.

"We now know who is going to make this decision but I think they should listen to the views of people in Uttoxeter in how they want to recognise Adam's breath-taking achievement and inspire the next generation of sportsmen and women."

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