Suffolk Coastal is asking the public for their views on the plans to develop Deben Leisure Centre in Woodbridge.
The Council recently announced ambitious plans to invest in its leisure centres as part of its commitment to improve its leisure centre offer and to encourage more people to become fit and active.
One of Suffolk Coastal’s 10 priorities in its Business Plan focuses on the need to provide high-quality, modern leisure centres that the whole community can enjoy, with state-of-the-art equipment, that come at no additional cost to the tax payer.
The work builds on the progress made by the Leisure Strategy formed in 2014, which sets out how improvements to the leisure provision will be made across the district, over the next 10 years.
A five year programme is now being launched, with Deben Leisure Centre as the first facility to be upgraded, followed by Leiston and then Felixstowe.
While the timetable of works is still being finalised, it is expected that refurbishments will start at Deben Leisure Centre in 2017, with the other centres following in subsequent years.
Suffolk Coastal is working closely with its operational leisure partners, Places for People Leisure, to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and existing users receive regular communications and updates.
Plans for the Deben leisure facility, which has been designed with the Council’s operating and development partners, Places for People and Pulse Fitness, include a new gym which has been designed to be more spacious, featuring modern equipment and the pool area will feature a new health suite with a steam room, sauna and ice room.
The plans also include the addition of a new floor to be added to the front of the building, with purpose built family changing areas and separate changing facilities for use by schools and the provision of two studios, one to incorporate a spin room and the other for fitness classes, which will also be available for community hire.
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said: “We’ve had some really positive feedback on the proposals to develop our leisure centre and have very been impressed with the public’s response so far.
“We’ve been working closely with users of the leisure centre, including local schools, the Amateur Swimming Association and the community who have been a part of the leisure centre since it was first built.
“We hope we can encourage more people to share their views and ideas. Deben Leisure Centre will always hold a big place in the heart of this community, therefore we want the people who are going to benefit from the new centre, to speak up and tell us their views which will ultimately influence what the new facility will look like.”
The plans and proposals are available to download from SCDC’s website: www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/leisure/sportandleisuredevelopment/suffolk-coastals-leisure-centre-redevelopment-programme
They will be issuing a regular newsletter, updating the public on progress of the Leisure programme.
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