Leisure centres' £12m revamp plans go on show
Plans for St Nicholas' Park Leisure Centre include 80 gym bays, two dance studios and a a spin studio. It is also proposed to enhance the changing room facilities.
The car park could also be remodelled and the charges reviewed.
The council is also considering handing over the day-to-day management of all its leisure centres to a private operator. It could save as much as £500,000 a year.
A petition against the move has been signed by 500 people.
Cllr Sue Gallagher, portfolio holder for culture, said: "By entering into a contract with an external partner, the council have the opportunity to reduce the subsidy that is currently required to keep the leisure centres running.
"ithout this reduction, at a time when public finances are stretched, the district could face the alternative situation where the level of service at centres reduces and facilities may need to be closed.
"The proposals will ensure that our centres stay open and provide an enhanced level of service. This should be seen as an exciting opportunity for leisure in our district."
The plans for the St Nicholas' Park Leisure Centre revamp will be on show on:
Friday, 5th February, with council officers available to answer questions from 7am-10am, 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm.
Saturday, 6th February, with council officers available from 8am-12noon and 2pm-5pm.
Sunday, 7th February, with council officers available from 8am-2pm.
Please come and see the plans, discuss the proposals and ask questions.