Leisure centre plans to go before the public

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.

A TWO-day public consultation featuring the proposals for a new, multi-million pound leisure centre in Belper is to go ahead next week.

Drawings of the potential facility will be on show at the Lion Hotel, in Bridge Street, on Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19, between 3pm and 7pm on both days.

Representatives from the company behind the designs for the new centre, Landmark Cannon LLP, of Leeds, will be on hand at the sessions to answer questions.

Amber Valley Borough Council is behind the ambitious project, which is set to be sited on Field Lane.

Richard Morton, a director at Landmark Cannon LLP, said: “I am perfectly happy with the plans.

“The scheme we have designed is for the council and is based on a public consultation from last year and what was said at that. I firmly believe that the plans reflect the majority of opinions, but they will not match everyone’s opinions.

“We are putting it as close to the town centre as we can so that people are drawn into the town centre.

“Fingers crossed that people like the plans.”

In a survey last year, residents were asked to choose between two options.

One focused on swimming, while the other featured sports hall facilities. The public went for the option which proposed a swimming pool with no sports hall facilities.

Feedback following consultation prompted some changes to the proposals, which now include a sports hall to complement the 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool, as well as a 13-metre by 17-metre training pool.

The council is set to carry out a detailed report on exactly where money to pay for the project will come from.

If approved, – a planning application is yet to be submitted – the proposal would also include a health suite and an air-conditioned exercise studio.

The town’s current leisure centre, on John O’Gaunts Way, is not affected by the new scheme.

But talks have taken place to see how the two centres would be able to work together to provide complementary leisure services to people across Belper.

The current leisure centre is run by Belper Leisure Centre Limited.

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