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Long-term leisure centre proposals

Dudley Council is in the early stages of looking into the potential to build two new leisure centres.


But council bosses say any proposed closure of the three centres is "years away" and will only happen following full consultation and scrutiny, and after the two new centres are built.


Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for planning and economic development said:

“Our communities deserve high quality, modern facilities. This proposal is part of a plan to offer sustainable, high quality leisure service provision for future generations.  Our current centres are no longer fit for purpose and repairing them as they age is not a sensible or long-term strategy and makes little economic sense.

“At the end of 2015, with the support of Sport England, we began to think about the borough’s long-term leisure centre provision and in June 2016, we began looking at a whole range of options relating to the future of the three centres, ranging from letting them run their natural lifespan, to closing all three through to running them privately. We want to continue to provide leisure services to our residents, even though this is not a statutory duty but we are facing a shortfall of £1.7million to do so.

“The recommended option from the review was to build two new, state of the art centres designed with longevity in mind with the old centres being decommissioned after completion. The proposals include a feasibility study which will look in fine detail at these proposals, before the findings are submitted to cabinet.

“This recommendation will go to cabinet on 14 December 2016 and then full council in 2017.

“I must stress, the proposed closure of the three centres is years away and will only happen following full consultation and scrutiny, and after the two new centres are built.”


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