Plans for Kirkby’s new leisure centre have taken another step forward.
Following consultation with residents and stakeholders in September 2019, the Council has further developed its plans for the new facility.
The consultation held in the autumn saw a positive and productive response, providing insight into what is important to residents.
The results showed that 93% of people said health and wellbeing was important to them. The plans have therefore now incorporated a dedicated health and wellbeing suite, with a sensory room.
Seventy-five per cent of people said they would welcome a swimming pool in Kirkby. The latest plans include a swimming pool and water play. Careful consideration will also be taken to ensure the pool is not over programmed.
Gym and fitness was important to 72% of respondents to the consultation. The leisure facility will therefore have a larger gym area than originally planned. This includes a dedicated area for weight training, a spinning studio and fitness studio.
Sixty-nine per cent of people said it was important to have activities for all. The latest mix of facilities includes adventure play and water play for young children, as well as warmer water suitable for families and those with long term conditions or disabilities. The purpose-build sports hall will suit those wanting to play sports and attend film screenings. The facility mix also includes a café for those wanting to socialise and adventure climbing for young adults wanting a challenge.
The latest plans have been showcased this week at events at Festival Hall and Kirkby in Ashfield Market Place.