District’s leisure centre moving closer to reality

Councillors at East Cambridgeshire District Council have this week agreed the facilities that will be in the new leisure centre to ensure it meets the needs of residents in the years to come.

At Commercial Services Committee, Members approved an option which would mean the leisure centre would have: an 8 lane 25m pool, a learner pool, a health and fitness suite with 120 stations, two activity studios, a full size 3G artificial grass pitch and a four court sports hall which would have scope to be expanded.

Councillors also heard how the work on the facility has been developing a funding strategy over recent months. This includes investigating prudential borrowing, the sale of assets, use of future Community Infrastructure Levy Funds and grant applications to fund the build.

Cllr Richard Hobbs, Chairman Commercial Services Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Yesterday’s meeting was a milestone for developing a new leisure centre for the district. We agreed to pursue a mix of facilities which would ensure a centre to meet the needs of residents both now and in the years to come. We could have lowered our sights and approved a less adventurous option but that would not have been right. It is our intention to deliver a modern, purpose built facility to meets the needs of a growing district – anything else would have been a dereliction of duty.

“The next steps are to develop the plans to take into account the proposed cinema development and address the funding issues but fundamentally I believe we closer to delivering this project than we have ever been before. Our challenge is now to turn these concepts, reports and reach into a reality. In the forthcoming years, the Downham Road area will be transformed to be a site where people can get fit, meet friends and have great time. “

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