Views are sought on plans for new centre

Ashington Leisure Centre.
Ashington Leisure Centre.

PEOPLE living and working in Ashington are being asked to give their views on proposals for a new leisure facility for the town.

Questionnaires are being made available to residents and businesses to seek theirviews on the proposed sites for the facility and the services residents would like to see included in it.

Northumberland County Council has been exploring the opportunities for build ing a new, high quality centre for those who live, work or study in Ashington and the surrounding areas.

The council has already agreed to investing up to £20m for a new or a fully refurbished multi-purpose, centre which is likely to incorporate a pool, gym and studio space, a registrars office, a library service, access to information, advice and council services, a café and meeting space.

Possible additional services and activities may include a doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, learning and skills development opportunities, workshops sporting activities.

Coun Neil Bradbury, executive member for customer services and culture, said: “We want to see Ashington getting the high quality facilities it deserves.

“We are proposing to invest £20m in this new facility but to make the project the best it can be, we need the ideas and opinions of local people.

“We particularly welcome thoughts about the sort of activities and services we could add and opinions on the choice of location.”

The two possible sites are the former Asda site in the town centre, and the former hospital site on West View.

During the eight week consultation, there will be four public drop-in sessions, and focus groups will also be held.