The former leisure centre building has now been decommissioned and made safe, ahead of a decision about its future. 

No decision has been made yet on the future use of the site, which currently includes cyclepaths and footpaths, a fishing lake, football pitches and a model railway as well as the leisure centre building itself. 

The current recreation facilities on the site will remain - with ongoing maintenance. 

We are keen to encourage more leisure and recreation on the site, with paths and cycleways connecting from the new Whitwick Coalville Leisure Centre, which is now open.

Developing a vision

Following initial feedback from residents, groups and schools children, we commissioned consultants to create a vision for the future of the recreation ground and the site of the former leisure centre. 

This vision is extensive - it includes investment in an eco-park, a community facility with cafe, activity trail and indoor urban sports centre. Some elements of this vision are unachievable without additional funding. 

Please see the presentation showing this vision and the costings here: Future of Hermitage Recreation Ground and former leisure centre site - presentation June 2022 (PDF Document, 1.19 Mb)

Community feedback event and online consultation - June 2022

On 9 June 2022, we held a community feedback event, to ask people for their thoughts on some proposals that we've developed, following our previous consultations. 

A short online survey, also hand-delivered to homes nearest to the site, allowed communities to have their say on the future of the Hermitage Recreation Ground and former leisure centre site.

The feedback from the online survey and the community event will be presented to councillors, along with an options report, at the Cabinet meeting on 19 July 2022. Papers for this meeting will be available ahead of the meeting. 

The feedback will be used in making decisions about the future of the site. Any proposals that are drawn up will also involve community consultation. 

Public consultation - November 2019

On Monday 4 November 2019 more than 200 people came to a dedicated event to discuss the future of the Hermitage site. This was followed by online consultation that finished in January 2020.

This engagement allowed us to get feedback from some of the local community about their priorities for the site, what they would like to see there and what they would not like to see. 

We used this feedback when developing a costed vision for the site.

Reducing trespassing

Following recent incidents at the former Hermitage Leisure Centre and trespassing on the car park, we are working to keep the area safe.

To reduce future trespassing, curb antisocial behaviour and ensure safe use of the Silver Street car park we are introducing internal barriers to stop vehicles accessing the former leisure Centre site.

More than 40 parking spaces will remain freely available, as we know from recent surveys that there is local daily demand for around 20 spaces. Residents will continue to have access to their properties through the car park.

Emergency vehicles will still be able to access the recreation ground, and alternative parking will also remain at the Hermitage Recreation Ground car park, off Lakeshore Crescent, further along Silver Street.

Work to reduce the spacing will start on 30 November 2022.

Last updated: Wed 30 November, 2022 @ 17:14