Council agrees 500K re-vamp for NE Derbyshire leisure centre

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Residents are set to benefit from up to £500,000 worth of improvements which have been earmarked for a NE Derbyshire leisure centre.

NE Derbyshire District Council has approved proposals to refurbish Sharley Park Leisure Centre in Clay Cross, to upgrade fitness facilities and improve the energy efficiency of the building.

Early proposals include the creation of a new fitness suite with more, better quality gym equipment.

The programme would also see improvements to the centre’s heating, mechanical and electrical infrastructure to greatly improve energy efficiency – lowering running costs, as well as the council’s carbon footprint.

The council had considered a number of options for the future of the centre, including the possibility of a new build on an alternative site elsewhere in Clay Cross – with the proposed refurbishment package chosen as the most appropriate way forward.

It underlines the council’s commitment to improving leisure facilities in the south of the district, and aims to attract more members.

Cllr Graham Baxter, council leader, said: “Sharley Park is well used by the community and a key site for the provision of council leisure facilities in the district, and we’re delighted to announce this refurbishment programme.

“The council is committed to keeping the centre open and this investment will safeguard its future – creating a greatly improved leisure facility which will benefit the health and wellbeing of local people.”

Plans include the creation of a new £200,000 fitness suite in the current bar area – providing state-of-the-art gym equipment for up to 600 members.

The proposals were agreed at the council’s cabinet meeting in August, and the authority will now move to finalise the refurbishment plans before putting the work out to tender.