Posted: 27.09.19 at 20:23 by The Editor
South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) says it expects a new Deepings Leisure Centre to be ready for use 'within two years of the site being secured'.
As Independent Market and West Deeping councillor Ashley Baxter revealed on Deepings Nub News yesterday (Thurs), the potential site for the new leisure centre has been identified as the playing fields opposite The Deepings School.
An SKDC press release says today: "This is the option SKDC would like to progress with, working in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council, Deeping St James Parish Council, The Deepings School, Sports England, and the many successful sports clubs that currently use the site.
"Negotiations are continuing, and subject to planning and highways approval, the centre is expected to be ready for use within two years from when the site is secured, pending engagement from all stakeholders."
Coun Helen Goral, Cabinet Member for Growth, told yesterday's SKDC full council meeting that multi-million pound projects for leisure in The Deepings, Stamford, Bourne and Grantham continued to be a top priority for SKDC.
Bourne Leisure Centre's multi-million pound refurbishment and expansion is expected to be completed by the middle of 2022.
However, a brand new ultra-modern leisure centre for Stamford may now not come to fruition.
In early March the local authority said it had identified a potential site for the new facility to replace the existing leisure centre in Drift Road and talks with the landowner were underway.
But Coun Goral told yesterday's full council meeting that consideration is also being given to 'a full refurbishment of the existing site'.
She said she wanted to ensure the investment provided value for money.
Consultation on the options for Grantham will start in January 2020 and consider options for a smaller facility in the town centre, a refurbishment of the existing centre, or a new facility on the current Meres site.
“Decisions this council makes over the coming months will impact on the leisure offer for the people of South Kesteven, not just for this generation, but for the next,” said Coun Goral.
“These changes will be guided by what our residents want and need aspirations are and will be under-pinned by robust business cases.
“Our overall plans will benefit thousands of families across our district, and I am hugely excited by the opportunities this leisure programme will deliver.
“We are committed to providing the best opportunities for people to be active and healthy and improve their wellbeing and happiness.”
To read Coun Baxter's article click on the red button below.