Concerns over new sport site

Submitted picture'LEISURE PLAN: Artist's impression of what the new Belper Leisure Centre could look like.

Submitted picture'LEISURE PLAN: Artist's impression of what the new Belper Leisure Centre could look like.

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WORRIED residents have raised concerns over the site chosen for a proposed new leisure centre in Belper.

Last week the News reported that Amber Valley Borough Council had paid £1.136 million to buy land designated for the centre.

The 0.8-acre plot, off Field Lane, is currently the site of a house between Ada Bellfield House care home and the Mulberry Bush Day Nursery.

The purchase means the council, which owns the Field Lane car park, now has 2.1 acres of land on which to fit a leisure centre.

But people have expressed concerns over the size of the site and a possible increase in traffic.

Roger Shelley, chairman of the Belper Civic Forum, questioned the suitability of the site.

He said: “There will be extra traffic on already crowded streets.”

The News spoke to people using the Field Lane car park. One woman, aged 36, said she would use a new centre, but added: “It doesn’t seem like it’s a big enough site for a leisure centre and a car park.”

A spokesman for the council said the land’s size was deceptive and added it was bigger than the Focus DIY store site in the town.

He added: “At the moment people can’t appreciate how big the land is. See what it looks like after the house, trees and wall are removed.”