Baths to shut as new Sheffield £7m centre agreed

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Sheffield is set to get a new leisure centre in the north of the city after £7m proposals were approved.

Sheffield is set to get a new leisure centre in the north of the city after £7m proposals were approved.

However, the approval of the North Active facility on Thorncliffe Recreation Ground, High Green means that Chapeltown Baths will now close.

The complex will include a six-lane swimming pool, multi-use studio and fitness suite as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, which is a 2012 Olympic Legacy project.

Some councillors said it was a ‘good news story’ and welcomed the development.

Coun Roger Davison said it would be a ‘legacy of the games’.

However Stocksbridge Coun Jack Clarkson, who abstained from the deciding vote, said it was ‘good news if you’re not from Stocksbridge.’

Sheffield Council withdrew £400,000 of funding from Stocksbridge leisure centre, and it closed, but has since been taken over by residents.

The council chose to build the facility at High Green rather than replacing Stocksbridge’s centre and will pay £2.5m towards the new facility.

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