Leisure centre wish-list views wanted

Residents are being encouraged to let their local councillors know what they want to see included in Berwick's new £20million leisure centre.

Thursday, 18th October 2018, 9:56 am
Updated Friday, 19th October 2018, 12:02 pm
The Swan Centre in Berwick.
The Swan Centre in Berwick.

Berwick’s three county councillors – Georgina Hill, Gregah Roughead and Catherine Seymour – want people to get in touch with their views.

In a joint statement they said: “Understandably, in the past, residents in Berwick have been cynical about consultations and have felt that there was not much point in lobbying their councillors as nothing was being delivered for over 40 years.

“However, what is clear now, following the recent decision to build the hospital on a separate site and news of other developments, is that they are listening and things are finally happening in Berwick.

“So, we encourage residents and especially all the local sports clubs to let us know what they want to see in our new leisure centre. There is, of course, no magic wands or guarantees but we will lobby hard for what residents want.”

A public drop in session for the leisure centre is also being arranged.

Earlier this month, the council confirmed it will build a stand-along leisure centre in Berwick, separate to the planned new hospital.

At the time, Coun Peter Jackson said: “We will keep our promise and continue to listen to our residents through the planning stages.”

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the county council had inititially proposed an integrated £45million health and leisure development on the Swan Centre site.