Work gets under way this week on a new leisure centre for Stone.
The centre will bring a six lane 25 metre swimming pool alongside gym and fitness studios under one-roof in the town. It will replace the outdated facility which is currently on Westbridge Park.
Earlier this year people gave feedback as part of the consultation for the plans with more than 90% saying they would use the new leisure centre. And just under 80%, of more than 200 hundred who commented, said it was important, or very important, to have those facilities under one roof.
The centre is part of an around £10 million investment in the town’s leisure with residents, organisations and local groups to be asked their views on ideas such as a multi-use games area, skate-park and new play facilities as part of the leisure offer for Stone.
Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure at the council, said: “It is great that work will be under way this week on this new leisure centre to bring swimming, a gym and fitness studios under one roof.
“We are all aware of the national picture where local authority leisure centres are being closed, or under threat of closure, to save money, so I am pleased that we are able to make this huge investment in Stone.”
Councillor Smith added that it was the biggest investment the council had made from its own resources in the borough for decades: “Our agenda is very clear. We want to deliver a brand new leisure centre that people want, with the facilities under one roof, without burdening local tax payers. ”
The Stafford borough-council run swimming pool in Stone is currently based at Alleyne’s Academy and is used by the school under a shared agreement with the local authority – and is only available to the public outside school hours. Sports facilities at the ‘Academy’ will still be part of the community leisure offer.
Work on the new leisure centre is due to be completed spring 2019.
The consultation on new leisure facilities in Stone will begin at 12 noon on Monday 5 February.
Press Release No 5414