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By Rob George Thursday 29 May 2014 Updated: 03/06 22:17
AN £11.5MILLION scheme to create a new leisure centre for Bromsgrove has been revealed ahead of a debate by councillors.
A draft report has been produced outlining in detail the proposed mix of services a new centre would be built to provide, including two new improved pools, a spa and sauna with treatments, two studio spaces, a spin studio, an 80-station gym and an opportunity for a café.
Members of Bromsgrove District Council's Leisure Task Group will meet on June 12 to discuss the ambitious project to create a new centre as the 1960s Dolphin Centre approaches the end of it's natural life.
The report sets out how the new centre would be built on School Drive next to the existing one, allowing the old centre to remain open until the new centre was completed, preventing loss of service to residents.
A dedicated 200-space car park for it would then be built on the cleared site of the old Dolphin Centre, and after that the current car park would be made available for redevelopment.
District Councillor Michael Webb, who is responsible for leisure services, said: “As the district’s only ‘wet and dry’ leisure facility that’s open to everyone on a pay and play basis, the Dolphin Centre has long been pivotal in making physical activity and healthy lifestyles an everyday choice for everybody.
“The council has long indicated our intention to build a new leisure centre, and after a lot of work over 18 months we’re now in a position to present detailed options for consideration.
“Our careful financial stewardship over the last few years has put us in the enviable position of being able to fund this, despite the tough conditions that have seen many local authorities closing facilities.”
Councillors will consider proposals for a six-lane 25 metre main pool with a 100-seat viewing gallery, and a 12 by seven metre training pool with a floor that can be raised to significantly improve access for people with limited mobility or complex needs.
The existing Customer Service Centre will be relocated under the plans into the refurbished Parkside Middle School building together with the district council's offices and town library.
The draft proposals will be scrutinised by the Leisure Provision Task Group of the district council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee on June 12.
After that, plans would require cabinet approval and then a vote of the full council.
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