We are currently investigating the possibility of building a new leisure centre in Coalville.
The aims of the project
- A new leisure centre would allow the council to meet growing demand for its leisure service, which couldn’t be met within the existing facilities as they stand.
- A new leisure facility in the town centre would support the council’s priority of regenerating and building confidence in Coalville
Leisure Centres Project - Q&A - July 2017 (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
What’s happened so far?
On Tuesday 25 July, Cabinet agreed to allow in-depth investigations into the suitability of the A511 site.
Over the last few months, leisure consultants have been looking at various sites in and around the town that might be suitable for a new centre.
This land opposite Stephenson College is owned by the council, which helps to make it financially feasible. It also has good access off the A511 and would complement other facilities in that area, including the college and the supermarkets.
Cabinet also agreed to undertake an options appraisal for the current Hermitage Leisure Centre site.
The next steps
Investigation work and the options appraisal will take place over the summer. If the results are positive, Cabinet will be asked in October whether or not to recommend to Full Council that we go ahead and build the new leisure centre at that site.
If Full Council decides to go ahead, the procurement process would begin immediately.
If the decision is taken to build a new leisure centre, the management of both of our leisure centres would be transferred to an external management model – most likely a leisure trust. This would mean staff would transfer into the trust, rather than being employed directly by NWLDC. The council would retain ownership of the buildings.
The preferred site
Initial investigations show that there are a number of sites in Coalville that would be suitable, but the preferred site is land off the A511 (Stephenson Way) opposite Stephenson College.
This land opposite Stephenson College is owned by the council, which helps to make it financially feasible. It also has good access off the A511 and would complement other facilities in that area, including the college, supermarkets and the existing outdoor recreation facilities like the fishing lake and the 3G pitches.
We have considered other sites in and around Coalville for the new leisure centre.
A potential site on the Bridge Road Car Park was investigated, but public feedback showed that the site was not preferable, due to access issues.
The current brownfield site off Mantle Lane was investigated, but the land would be too expensive to buy. The site of the former Snibston Discovery Museum was also considered, but access issues and cost of the land also made this site unviable.
The existing facilities at Hermitage Leisure Centre and Hermitage Recreation Ground
The current facility at Hermitage Leisure Centre is almost at capacity, is struggling to expand on its current site and would need significant investment to meet increasing demand if it stayed on its current site.
If the new leisure centre goes ahead, the council would look to sell some or all of the land that Hermitage Leisure Centre sits on and the surrounding car park.
The other recreation facilities in that area, such as the football pitches, the 3G pitches and the fishing lake, would be kept the same.
We are continually talking to clubs, organisations and individuals who use Hermitage Leisure Centre, as well as other organisations who would be affected by a decision to build a new leisure centre, including Whitwick Parish Council and sports clubs who currently use other facilities.
We will update this web page as progress is made with the project.
- Leisure Centres Project - Q&A - July 2017 (Word Document, 0.1 Mb)
Last updated: Wed 26 July, 2017 @ 10:57