Proposed sports centre ‘top class facility’

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A DECISION is to be made next week on whether to give the go-ahead to a plan to replace Queens Park Sports Centre with a new £8.5 million facility.

Members of Chesterfield Council’s cabinet will meet on Tuesday to discuss the plan for a new centre near to the existing tennis courts and bowling green.

If given the go-ahead the centre would open in early 2015 and boast swimming pools, a fitness suite, an area for spinning classes, a dance studio and multi-purpose sports hall.

The plans for the centre are being developed in partnership with Chesterfield College, who would invest £2.5 million in the building so that students could use the facilities. The college would also help with running costs.

Coun Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The existing Queen’s Park Sports Centre is showing its age and lacks the facilities of modern leisure centres. We would have to spend at least £3 million over the next 25 years just to keep the existing building open.

“So instead we have the opportunity to work in partnership with Chesterfield College to get a new leisure centre that meets the demands and expectations of the local community, is more efficient and cheaper to run and provides an impressive post Olympics leisure legacy for the town.

“One of the council’s core aims is to make Chesterfield a healthy and safe borough and by providing these new leisure facilities we would be able to help deliver on that commitment.”

Trevor Clay, principal of Chesterfield College, said: “This is an exciting partnership which enables us to provide top class facilities to our students within walking distance of the college.”

The Queen’s Park Sports Centre’s swimming pool opened in 1968, with the sports hall, gym, café and learner pool added in 1987.