Bolsover District Council’s plans for a new £4million leisure centre extension with a swimming pool, gym and sauna are beginning to take shape.
The proposed extension at the council’s Clowne Sports Centre, on High Street, has received planning permission and the council has appointed Pulse Fitness as its development contractor with work expected to start before Christmas.
Cabinet member for leisure Councillor Mary Dooley said: “This is a big investment for us and one that we are very excited about. The site at Clowne is ideal as we already own the land and the infrastructure is in place and we have existing facilities that we can utilise. So it gives us the chance to concentrate on providing good, quality health and fitness facilities.”
The enhanced facility will cost £4m to build but with increased usage and income and a reduction in maintenance costs, the project is anticipated to save the council in excess of £3m over the next 20 years after the cost of the investment has been met. It will boast a 25metre x 13metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, a water slide, a gym, spin studio and two group exercise studios, a thermal suite with sauna and steam rooms and a cafe and children’s soft play area.
Cllr Dooley added: “Improving people’s health and well-being is one of our main priorities. We already provide a whole host of sports and leisure activities but to have this flagship facility will be an enormous benefit and will go along way to providing people with the chance to live a healthier lifestyle.”
The new facility is set to pen by December 2016.
The plans mean the council is still reviewing its pool operations at Creswell Leisure Centre which is owned by a trust. This has sparked fears the village could lose its pool unless another organisation takes over the operation.