Council agrees to investigate possible new leisure centre in Clay Cross

We have agreed to explore plans to build a new leisure centre in Clay Cross. We approved to undertake detailed investigations and surveys, develop a robust business case and secure investment from partners to assist in the redevelopment of Sharley Park Leisure Centre.

Refurbishing the existing Sharley Park Leisure centre was dismissed due to the operational difficulties, the age of the building and the costs associated with refurbishing the existing building.

So members of our Cabinet have agreed to the investment to start investigations into a possible new build leisure facility adjacent to the existing site.

A recent consultation exercise has also been carried out with stakeholders, users and members of the local community to see what they would like to see in a new leisure facility

Council Leader Councillor Graham Baxter MBE said, “Since 2011 we have invested approximately £2.4million at Dronfield and Eckington leisure centres and now we are focusing our efforts on creating a brand new leisure and health facility for people in and around Clay Cross.

“We have listened to what residents have said and want and we are all on the same page - we want a high quality 21st century community health facility and social hub for the town which promotes active lifestyles and helps bring local community services together that will complement the growth of the town in the years to come.”

Proposals for the new leisure centre could include a 25m pool and an additional learner pool, gym, four badminton court sports hall, soft play, café and village changing facilities.

Councillor Baxter added, “The cost of building a new leisure centre is significant, but this is something that we are committed to that’s why we need to undertake further studies and investigations to ensure the location of the site is correct and fits in with the wider plans for the town.”