"No viable plans" for leisure centre at Dinnington

There are "no viable plans" for a new leisure centre at Dinnington, according to a Rotherham Council cabinet member.

By Danielle Andrews, Local Democracy Reporter
Friday, 22nd April 2022, 11:15 am

Councillor Ben Whomersley, Conservative councillor for Dinnington, asked during last week's full council meeting if leisure facilities could be brought to the area, with leisure centres already at Maltby and Aston.

Councillor David Sheppard, cabinet member for social inclusion said: "As part of the development of the levelling up fund bid for Dinnington, and in light of representations we received from the local area, there was consideration given to the possibility of a new leisure centre, but I have to advise you there is no viable plan for any such facility at the moment.

"The cost of a leisure centre along the lines of the ones we have at St Anns and Aston [would be] around £10m in capital, and £1.3m in revenue.

There is 'no viable plan' for a new leisure centre in Dinnington.

"We'd also have to consider that any new leisure centre would have financial implications on our current contract for leisure centres.

"So, whilst it's technically possible, the costs would seem to place any such development beyond any available resources we have, even if levelling-up funds could be secured."

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