The public's views are sort over plans to demolish an old leisure centre and build houses in its place.

Epping Forest District Council is proposing to build on King Georges Field near the old Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre and to dedicate an area of green space adjoining the new leisure centre to replace the lost open space.

This area is about 20 per cent larger than the existing pool site and has been earmarked to ensure there is recreational land available in the Hill House area.

The area of land at the King Georges Playing Field adjoining Roundhills currently used for recreation will remain the same.

Access to the playing fields through the pool site from Roundhills will remain open until building begins, then it will be closed while construction works take place.

Residents and anyone else with an interest in the proposal is urged comment before 10 December 2018.

Following the consultation period, the Council’s Housing Portfolio Holder will consider the responses and Cabinet will be asked to approve the proposal at its meeting in January.

The King Georges Fields were established and dedicated to the memory of King George V for the use and enjoyment of the people.

The Waltham Holy Cross Urban District Council dedicated land at Waltham Abbey to be used as a King George Playing Field.

The use of the playing field is regulated by the charity Fields in Trust.

In 1967 the Waltham Abbey swimming pool was built on the Trust land.

Consent was obtained as the land was no longer to be used as playing fields.

In recent years, the pool required extensive repairs and the council decided that it should be demolished and replaced by the new Leisure Centre at Hill House.

Please email for further information about the proposals and go to to complete the consultation.