Published: Thu 28 November, 2019
More than 200 people attended a special community event to give their ideas and feedback about the future use of the Hermitage recreation ground and leisure centre site.
North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is keen to encourage leisure and recreation on the site once the leisure centre moves from its current site in 2021, with paths and cycleways connecting it to the new Coalville Leisure Centre, which will be built just off Stephenson Way.
Aside from these initial thoughts the future use of the site is completely open at this stage.
A number of activities and uses were strongly supported by people at the event, with running, cycling, watersports and a café scoring highly, and many people supporting an emphasis on nature, that the site is dog friendly and that the model railway is retained.
The idea of residential on the current leisure centre footprint was discussed, but was not supported by most of the people at the event, who would prefer leisure and recreation on the whole site. However, there was some support for a built indoor facility of some sort, including a tennis facility and a community centre.
NWLDC is now asking for comments from people who couldn’t attend the event in November.
The survey, which asks people what their priorities would be for the site and what they would like to see there, is open until Thursday 9 January 2020.
Paul Sanders, Head of Community Services at NWLDC, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people at our drop-in event and to hear their ideas and feedback about the Hermitage site.
“We have no plans for the site yet, and it’s important that we get people’s views at this early stage so we can feed them into any masterplanning we do between now and when the leisure centre moves to its new home.
“I’d encourage people to head online and complete the survey, so we can get even more feedback that will help us guide the future development of the Hermitage site.”