VIDEO: New £8.5m sports centre set to replace Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park sports centre looks set to be demolished and a new £8.5m facility built.

Council chiefs have given the go-ahead for the flagship project which will see the new centre added to the Queen’s Park annexe in Chesterfield.

NDET 29-1-13 MC 9'Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council, and David Butler Queen's Park Leisure Centre Manager

NDET 29-1-13 MC 9'Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council, and David Butler Queen's Park Leisure Centre Manager

Residents and sports groups will now have a say on plans, which if planning permission is granted, will see a new centre opened in 2015.

Cllr Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The existing Queen’s Park Sports Centre is showing its age and lacks the facilities of modern leisure centres.

“We would have to spend at least £3m over the next 25 years just to keep the existing building open.”

The main pool hall in 1968 with other facilities including a sports hall, gym and cafe added in 1987.

The changing rooms are not up to modern customer standards, the pool tanks are more than 40 years old and the energy efficiency of the building is also very poor.

The scheme will also see the council work in partnership with Chesterfield College.

The college has invested £2.5m in the plans to help provide new facilities for their students.

Principal Trevor Clay added: “This is an exciting partnership which enables us to provide top class facilities to our students within walking distance of the college. This will benefit their learning experience and expand the employment and progression routes we can offer, such as apprenticeships.”

During a meeting on Tuesday councillors voted in favour of replacing the centre with modern facilities including swimming pools with individual unisex changing rooms, a fitness suite, an area for spinning classes, dance studio and multi purpose sports hall.

Derbyshire Times Facebook friends gave their views on Queen’s Park sports centre.

Katy Anne Mason said: “About time something was done with it. I can remember going about 10 year ago if not more and nothings changed.”

Wendy Joel added: “It needs something, its a filthy place. I haven’t been in since the time we found two dirty nappies on the floor in the changing rooms which were still there when we got out the pool.”

Julie Darby said: “I think the swimming pool, needs to do more activities for familys to do things together.

“I live just up the road from Queen’s Park but take my sons swimming at Staveley. I find it loads better and the staff are great.”

Leon Moore added: “I use Staveley Healthy Living Centre. Although the drainage there is very badly designed and often has an unpleasant smell at the poolside and in the sauna spa room, it is certainly 200 per cent better than the Queen’s Park and the staff are friendly there too.”

David Griffiths said: “My wife and I belong to LightHearted. There’s a lot going for the place and we like it. But it certainly needs attention.”

Louise Grindey added: “I really hope the plans don’t go ahead. Queen’s Park could do with a lick of paint but generally the facilities are fine. A new healthy living centre wouldnt have the diving boards that Queen’s Park has. Myself and my family use the centre on a regular basis, gym, diving classes, swimming, toddler swimming and the creche. The staff are helpful and friendly.”