Council to purchase way ahead for sports services

Leicester’s City Mayor says they’re dedicated to keeping most of the city council’s sports and leisure centres open, as they prepares to approve proposals that can see 1.8m procured them.

The council is consulting to the future of sports and leisure services in Leicester. As a whole 470 people taken part in the consultation, with 76% saying the council should go on to commit to fitness and health facilities.

City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “There tend to be than 2 million visits designed to our sports and leisure centres every year. Acquiring clearly valued by local shop and play a crucial role in health promotion.

“At an occasion when many councils take the decision to close or privatise their leisure centres, I am getting a deal with not just keeping ours open, but to investing almost 2 million to better them.

“This capital purchase of the buildings and facilities will assist to make more customers, increase our income and offset our running costs. As Government cuts for our revenue grant become substantially more severe within the next 2 yrs, this additional income might be vital to keep services running”.

The majority of an investment might be made at Evington, Aylestone, and Cossington Street leisure centres, to develop more room for health and fitness activities C for instance dance and spin classes C and upgrade existing exercise equipment.

A proposal to transform a preexisting space at Braunstone Leisure Centre right into a dance and fitness studio, requiring the relocation with the Sunflowers Nursery, will not likely don’t wait.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “The consultation demonstrated that taking out the nursery from Braunstone Leisure Centre would have a damaging have an effect on local nursery provision.

“We have therefore do not just do it with all the proposal included in the current form, and often will look instead at other methods of extending the leisure centre to increase fitness facilities, including the possibility of obtaining external funding.”

Proposals set being approved include converting the under-used bar area at Aylestone Leisure Centre in to a new fitness area, and reworking the sports hall at Cossington Sports Centre in a 50-station gym with dance studio.

A new dance studio will be created at Evington Leisure Centre, while its existing gym will almost double in proportions.

Other changes should include setting brand new air conditioner systems during the city’s pools at Aylestone, Cossington, Evington, Leicester Leys, New Parks and Spence Street, making the planet a lot more pleasant for swimmers, spectators and staff. And opening hours in anyway pools shall be revised to mirror local demand.

Reducing pool opening hours at off-peak times at smaller pools may help the city council chose the 1.5 million of savings ought to make inside cost of running its sports services on the next several years. Opening hours is going to be extended, or remain largely the identical, on the larger pools.

The full eating habits study the consultation and final proposals shall be reported for the heritage, culture, leisure and sports scrutiny commission next week (Jan 9), prior to City Mayor uses a final choice.

 

 

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