A new, state of the art leisure centre will be built on council-owned land off the A511 (Stephenson Way).
This could see a new leisure centre being built by 2020.
The aims of the project
- A new leisure centre will allow the council to meet growing demand for its leisure service, which can't be met within the existing facilities as they stand
- A new leisure facility in Coalville will support the council’s priority of regenerating and building confidence in the town.
Leisure Centres Project - Q&A - November 2017 (PDF Document, 0.37 Mb)
What’s happened so far?
- On Tuesday 21 November, Full Council agreed that a new leisure centre would be built on the A511 site.
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 recommended this decision to Full Council on Wednesday 1 November, after receiving the results of the in-depth site investigations.
- On Tuesday 25 July, Cabinet agreed to allow in-depth investigations into the suitability of the A511 site and to undertake an options appraisal for the current Hermitage Leisure Centre site.
- Previously, leisure consultants looked at various sites in and around the town that might be suitable for a new centre and recommended either the Bridge Road car park or the A511 site.
The next steps
The process to find an external operator to design, build, operate and maintain the new leisure centre, as well as managing the existing Hood Park Leisure Centre, will begin immediately. This means leisure centre staff will transfer into the external operator, rather than being employed directly by the council. The council would retain ownership of the buildings and will have oversight of the operation at the leisure centres.
The agreed site
Initial investigations showed that there are a number of sites in Coalville that would be suitable, but the agreed site is land off the A511 (Stephenson Way) opposite Stephenson College.
This land 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.
Detailed site investigations have shown that there are no concerns over environmental and geotechnical issues, such as hazardous materials, ground movement or flooding.
As highways authority, Leicestershire County Council has advised that safe access and egress from the site can be achieved in principle, and that ongoing detailed traffic modelling surveys will inform the detailed design for the development.
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.
The council would look to sell some or all of the land that Hermitage Leisure Centre sits on and the surrounding car park, and we are currently in discussions with Whitwick Parish Council about their aspirations for the site.
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 will be affected by the 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 - November 2017 (PDF Document, 0.37 Mb)
Last updated: Tue 21 November, 2017 @ 20:31