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.