Council proposes multi-million pound leisure centre improvements

Published Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Waverley Borough Council is proposing to deliver a multi-million pound investment into some of the borough’s leisure centres.

The council’s Executive Committee will recommend to Full Council on 17 July that they approve plans to enhance the council’s facilities, which are managed by Places For People. The proposals include earmarking £3.2million to extend Godalming and Farnham Leisure Centres and a commitment to invest in leisure facilities in Cranleigh.

Councillor Jenny Else, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Culture, said: “Our leisure centre users really value the facilities we provide and we want to make sure they are kept to a good standard, so they can be enjoyed by everyone and help local people to live healthy, active and happy lives. It is important to continue investing in our facilities and improve what we are offering in order to meet the emerging public health agenda, keep up with trends and competitors and to accommodate the demand that the increasing population within Waverley will create.”

The proposals include a new extension to Farnham Leisure Centre, to incorporate a new soft play and climbing facilities for children, and extending Godalming Leisure Centre to provide additional gym space, a second dance studio and bigger member changing rooms. The proposal also includes a car park extension to support the expansion at Godalming Leisure Centre and the council is working with Broadwater School to explore how they can be provided.

In order to improve the leisure provision in Cranleigh and minimise any disruption to customers, the council thinks the best option is to build a new leisure centre on a different site. If the proposals are approved, more work will to be done to identify the most suitable location in Cranleigh and a consultation with local residents will be carried out.

Councillor Else added: “We want to make sure our proposals are right for local people, so a consultation process will be held to identify the options for Cranleigh and allow the council to explore all possibilities in terms of location and understand what leisure provision residents would like to see in the area.”

Councillor Ged Hall, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Communications said: “Income the council has received is being reinvested back into the community. Having state of the art, well used facilities will cost the council less in the long term and generate much-needed income that we can put back into the community later down the line.”

The plans will now go to Full Council on 17 July, when a definitive decision on the next stages will be made.

Notes to Editors

  • The council commissioned a feasibility study in April 2017 to identify viable options for additional investment in the council’s leisure centres, to keep improving them and ensure they are able to serve the increasing community. The study concluded that were opportunities for the centres to expand and diversify to meet demand for the increasing population. 
  • Haslemere Leisure Centre was the most recent site to receive investment with a £4.1m refurbishment in 2014 and no further investment is currently required.
  • To read the full report go to: https://modgov.waverley.gov.uk/documents/s24833/Executive%20report%20-%20Leisure%20centre%20investment%20proposals%202018%20Final.pdf

 

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

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