Talking West Cheshire

Council to consider £20m investment in Chester's leisure facilities

22 September 2010

Over £20m worth of leisure facilities are proposed for Chester in a report before Council chiefs next Wednesday (29 September).

Members of the Cheshire West and Chester Executive will be asked to back a masterplan detailing a total of £59.1m investment in the Borough’s leisure facilities over the next decade.

The proposals are the result of a strategic review of all leisure facilities across West Cheshire – both Council owned and private.

A report from Charlie Seward, Director of Regeneration and Culture lists the city in investment priorities two and three.

In priority two – scheduled for 2012/14 – are two state-of-the-art sports and leisure centres, both offering wet and dry sports facilities for the East and West of the city.

One, costing an estimated £11m, would incorporate a regional diving centre, and the other, at £8m would house a specialist swimming development centre.

And the review also suggests that £2m be allocated as provision for the development of a replacement out-door facility within the green belt – if required

Priority three (2014/16) would include a £1m contribution to the re-development of Chester City Baths.

The review – undertaken by industry specialists – Knight Kavanagh Page is intended to provide a clear ‘direction of travel’ for the Council’s plans to establish a network of high-quality sports and leisure facilities across the Borough.

Councillor Herbert Manley, Executive member for Prosperity, said: “The Authority wants the best leisure facilities available to help improve the quality of life for residents across the Borough.

“If approved these recommendations for Chester will obviously replace current outlets like the Northgate Arena with top quality facilities designed to meet the highest standards required in future decades.”