Plans for a new leisure centre for Flitwick have taken a step forward as funding is agreed and a land deal finalised.
Central Bedfordshire Council, Flitwick Town Council and Sport England have been working together on the proejct for a new leisure centre.
The Council’s Executive has agreed to accept the terms of a Lottery Funding arrangement which will secure a grant from Sport England of £2million.
Flitwick Town Council has finalised a formal exchange of land with Central Bedfordshire Council, so that the new centre can be built next to the site of the current leisure centre.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “It is absolutely great that a partnership of local authorities and Sport England are making it possible for the much-needed new centre to be developed. On behalf of residents we are really grateful both to Sport England and to Flitwick Town Council.”
The new centre will offer a wider range of services in a brand-new building. Work is expected to start on site in the next month and the current centre will remain in operation until the new centre opens, to minimise any disruption to customers.
Charles Johnston, Sport England’s Property Director, said: “We have worked together with the council in developing their leisure improvement programme across Central Bedfordshire and, in particular, the ambitious proposal for Flitwick.
“The funding from our Strategic Facilities Fund into a new leisure centre will help increase the opportunities for the local community to play sport and take part in physical activity more regularly.”
Chairman of Flitwick Town Council’s Corporate Services Committee, Cllr Phillip Thompson, added: “By working together we will ensure that new improved facilities for sport and leisure are provided for our community. The present leisure centre was originally provided by the town council and we wanted to see a sports facility remain in Flitwick.”
Flitwick Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Waites, endorsed this, saying: “I am pleased that the land transfer has now taken place. Not only will our town benefit from the new leisure centre, but with the new land we will be able to develop a country park which will be an exciting new space for our residents to enjoy.”