On Monday the Council will be starting a 4 week public consultation regarding the refurbishment of Kingsmead Leisure Centre.

The council is considering two options for the refurbishment of the centre:

1) Removing the sports hall and replacing it with a large multi-purpose sports and exercise space: Research undertaken by the council and Sport England shows there is currently a surplus of sports hall space around the district. Work would be done with current hirers to help them find a new place to play their sports.

2) Retaining a sports hall: This would give the capacity to grow participation and provide extra space for use by more community groups. This option would cost an extra £96,000 a year for 20 years compared to option 1.

Under both options, the main changes proposed are:

• Extending the gym to create extra space including more and bigger studios
• Creating a new two-storey soft play area and adventure zone next to a refurbished cafe
• Creating a new pool changing area
• Refurbishing the dry male and female changing rooms
• Increasing the amount of parking on the site

A display of the two options will be available to view from Monday 22nd January at Kingsmead Leisure Centre reception, or again from Monday, on the councils website at https://www2.canterbury.gov.uk/your-council/have-your-say/consultations/.

If you wish to comment you can, via online or paper questionnaire that will be available at Kingsmead reception.  Also council representatives will be on site on Wednesday 24th January from 5 – 7pm and Thursday 25th January from 8.30am to 10.30am to talk to customers.

After the consultation the Council and Active Life will consider all the comments we receive and make a decision on whether to go ahead in April.  Work would then start in late 2018 or early 2019. 

Depending on the preferred option we will endeavour to keep facilities open via phasing the works so that disruption is kept to a minimum.

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