Consultation plan for leisure centre

Ashington Leisure Centre.
Ashington Leisure Centre.

PLANS for a new £20m leisure centre in Ashington moved a step closer as Northumberland County Council plan a full public consultation this autumn.

The new leisure and community facility aims to provide a range of high quality, modern and accessible public services and facilities if a suitable site can be found.

The services available at the new centre are yet to be finalised but could include a swimming pool, heath and fitness facilities, public health information, a multi-use hall for sports and fitness classes, library and information services, computer access, access to council services and a café or restaurant.

Key stakeholders are being asked for their views on what criteria the council should use in deciding on a short-list of two to three sites to explore further during the public consultation exercise later in the year.

The consultation programme will also seek opinions on the range of services to be included.

The options under consideration for the proposed facility are:

n Refurbishment of the current leisure centre;

n New build on current leisure centre site;

n New build at Ashington High School main site

n New build at Northumberland Church of England Academy main campus;

n New build on council-owned land adjacent to Hirst Welfare site;

n New build on land to the north of the A197 (formerly known as Ashington Learning Park);

n New build on the former hospital site;

n New build on the town centre redevelopment site.

Coun Neil Bradbury, executive member for customer relations and culture, said: “We are moving forward with consulting local people and organisations on how we should choose a site for the facility.

“There will be a full public consultation in the autumn.”

For more information or to comment on the proposals, e-mail