D-day for new leisure centre in Belper?

Submitted picture'LEISURE PLAN: Artist's impression of what the new Belper Leisure Centre could look like.
Submitted picture'LEISURE PLAN: Artist's impression of what the new Belper Leisure Centre could look like.
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A DECISION on whether Belper will get a new, multi-million pound leisure centre could be made later this month.

Amber Valley Borough Council is in talks with Leeds developer Landmark Cannon LLP over a deal to build the centre off Field Lane in the town.

Now, a report is to go before the full council next Wednesday, September 28, with a final decision on whether the scheme goes ahead a distinct possibility. The scheme already has planning permission.

The new centre, which could cost as much as £11.5 million, is expected to include a 25-metre, six-lane, main swimming pool, a 13-metre teaching pool with movable floor, and a sports hall.

Healey Associates, from Leeds, is behind the outline design of the facility, which will also feature a 70-station fitness suite and a health suite with treatment rooms and a sauna.

A spokesman for the borough council said the go-ahead for the project could be given at the meeting.

He said: “The council is in negotiations with Landmark Cannon and a report will go before the council on September 28. But the council might not go with the recommendations, or it might not come to a decision.”

Opinion in Belper is divided on whether the town needs a new leisure centre, given that it already has one on Kilbourne Road.

Landmark Cannon said earlier this year that its public consultation in Belper revealed residents were in favour of a new centre.