Alternative leisure plans being drawn up

The possibility of new leisure facilities in Berwick has been revived by Northumberland County Council.

Friday, 1st December 2017, 6:52 am
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 7:50 pm
In the pool at the Swan Centre, Berwick.

It is working on proposals for alternative new facilities and is currently preparing an outline business case.

The news was revealed by chief executive Daljit Lally in response to the subject being raised by Coun Brian Parkin, of Berwick Town Council.

She said: “In the last few months we have had a number of pieces of work that have been looked at and one of those is about a proposal for the development of new leisure services.

“The administration has funded new gym equipment at the current site and what we are now working on with local members is some proposals for alternate new facilities.

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“There will be an outline business case produced by December and hopefully, once approved, will enable a full business case to be prepared next year.”

Three months ago, it emerged that plans for a new £19million leisure centre in the town had been put on the back-burner by the new Conservative administration so it could review them.

Active Northumberland, with the support of the previous Labour-led council administration, had previously proposed a new complex on the southern portion of the Swan Centre site in Tweedmouth.

The previous plans, unveiled prior to the local council elections, had claimed the existing Swan Centre facilities were no longer fit for purpose. Active Northumberland claimed it would be more cost-effective to build a new facility rather than refurbish the existing one.

A new leisure centre carried the hope of a new 25metre competition swimming and training pool, wet-play facility, 100-station gym, two fitness studios, a spinning studio, ten-pin bowling alley, climbing facility, a multi-level soft play area and café.