Plans for Kirkby’s multi-million pound new leisure facility are set to take a huge step forward this week as the exciting plans go before Ashfield District Council’s Planning Committee. Council Leader Jason Zadrozny has spoken of the benefits and welcomed the progress.
The meeting will be hosted virtually on Wednesday 17th June and streamed live on the Council’s YouTube channel, available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFr4nJ9HVt9NAg1MlRMb4kw
One of the two items on the agenda relates to the Council’s plans for a state-of-the-art leisure centre coming to Kirkby town centre. The proposed site sits adjacent to the current Festival Hall Leisure Centre and Lindleys Lane.
The Council has also been successful in its Expression of Interest to Sport England for £1.5m in funding support for the project.
Following two successful consultation periods, the Council submitted a planning application for the build in March 2020.
The consultation period saw a positive and productive response, providing insight into what is important to users of the existing leisure centre and all stakeholders.
The Council has worked with local residents who live adjacent to the new site as part of the planning process.
Subject to planning, hoarding provided by a local contractor will soon be erected as work aims to commence in the autumn.
Ashfield District Council is also working closely with its procurement partners at Nottingham City Council to seek contractors on the project.
The agreed facility mix will include:
Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said: “The new leisure centre will see huge benefits for all corners of our society, especially with its state-of-the-art facility mix.
“As well as the economic and social benefits, the new destination will develop a high-quality and vibrant hub for our community. The plans will create a variety of opportunities for more inclusive programmes for all kinds of groups to be a part of. The people of Kirkby have been promised swimming pools for generations - I can’t wait to see construction begin!”
Ollie Hynd MBE, Local Paralympic Gold Medallist, has once again welcomed the progress of the project which will see swimming facilities introduced in his home town. He said: “I’m really excited for the new leisure centre coming to Kirkby and of course the swimming pool which is very close to my heart. Swimming in particular has changed my life so I’m really passionate about giving opportunities to people of Kirkby – not just to create Olympic and Paralympic champions but even just learning to swim.
“Health and wellbeing is something we should be taking very seriously so to see the fantastic facilities that will be available on our doorstep is brilliant is very exciting. The plans look great so I can’t wait to see what it will ultimately look like!”
Theresa Hodgkinson, Director of Place and Communities said: “My hat goes off to the whole of the project team for their fantastic work in getting the plans to where they are today. The proposals take every detail into account on a social, environmental and economic level.
“This is another step closer to the first-class leisure facility that Kirkby residents deserve. I’ve enjoyed seeing how the plans have evolved throughout the consultation process. I’m sure that as a result this leisure centre will become a key focal point for our community.”