Work on Sheffield leisure centres set to start

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Building work on two new leisure centres in Sheffield is set to start in the next few weeks after multi-million pound plans were approved.

The centres at Thorncliffe Recreation Grounds in High Green, and Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre in Norton, will have swimming pools, gymnasiums and research facilities as part of the new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Sheffield Council members approved both proposals – which it is hoped will increase public participation in sports and exercise – at a meeting on Tuesday.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for sport and leisure, said: “I am pleased the plans have received planning approval and we can begin the creation of two major, modern leisure and health centres in the north and south of our city.

There are also plans for further development of outdoor leisure facilities at both sites and these will be confirmed in the coming months.

“This is the biggest investment in sport and leisure in Sheffield in a generation and we are grateful to our funding partners who are supporting the building costs. “

Chapeltown Baths will close as a result of the North Active centre for High Green getting approval.