Artists impressions of new leisure centres for Stamford and Market Deeping revealed - and a refurbishment for Bourne
Artists impressions of a multi-million pound project to revolutionise leisure provision for residents across Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping have been unveiled today (Monday, March 4) by South Kesteven District Council leader Matthew Lee.
Two new modern leisure centres are planned for Stamford and Market Deeping, along with a complete remodel and refurbishment of Bourne Leisure Centre.
The council wants all its leisure centres, including the one in Grantham, to be community hubs for health and leisure, providing services such as physiotherapy, GP referrals and stop smoking programmes, as well as housing facilities tailored to each town.
Coun Lee said: "We want to provide first class leisure centres for our residents, community hubs where families and friends can relax and enjoy a range of activities that bring the benefits of exercise from physical and mental wellbeing to achieving goals to help development.
"I want our leisure centres to go beyond gyms and studio classes. As important as these are, I want to provide facilities that become community hubs, with something for everyone, and a focus on overall health and wellbeing. That includes providing activities in our rural communities.
"The current leisure centres in South Kesteven's four market towns have receive4d basic maintenance but there hasn't been any major investment for decades and little, if any, outreach provision in rural communities."
Detailed feasability studies have been carried out to assess the current condition of all existing buildings, their current usage and potential locations for the new leisure centres. To maintain the existing buildings, to keep them going for about 10 years, would cost millions of pounds and not offer any opportunity for revenue generation.
The council has identified potential sites for new leisure centres in Stamford and Market Deeping and talks with those landowners are underway.
In Stamford, proposals include increasing the number of gum stations, providing multi-purpose studios and a 25m pool along with a cafe and possibly a spa. The current facility in Drift Road has had no significant investment since it was built over 30 years ago.
In Market Deeping, SKDC wants to replace the current facility in Park Road, including more gym stations, studios for classes, a 'black box' theatre, a 25m pool and a large cafe.
The proposal for Bourne Leisure Centre includes a £5m remodel and refurbishment, which would double the size of the gum, create more studios and provide better cafe facilities.