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Improvement plans for leisure centre changing rooms

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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ASHBOURNE leisure centre's changing room modernisation plans are up for final approval at the next Derbyshire Dales District Council meeting.

If the council give the green light to the project, work could start as early as March.

The meeting, being held at 6pm on Thursday, January 23 at the Town Hall in Matlock, will consider the seven tenders received for the revamp programme, which has already been allocated a grant of £175,000 towards the overall costs from Sport England's Improvement Fund.

The work will include opening up the old changing room corridors, reception area and office spaces to create a large, open plan, family friendly changing 'village'.

The new facilities will have separate family changing rooms, improved access, better amenities for the disabled and new showers.

Initial estimates for the work suggest a total cost of around £195,000.

The swimming pool and changing facilities at the leisure centre were constructed in 1974.

Following this the pool changing facilities were partly upgraded in 1994, but over the past 20 years they have become dated and need extensive modernization to bring them up to the new dry-side facility and reception area built in 2003.

The district council was invited by Sport England to submit a funding application to their Improvement Fund after the initial 'checklist' and 'expression of interest' applications were approved.

More than 350 projects across the UK expressed an interest in the £9 million fund which is part of Sport England's Olympic and Paralympic Legacy programme, and the leisure centre is one of only 39 projects nationally invited to submit a full application.

If the plans are approved then the work should be completed by Saturday, May 31.

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