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New leisure centre for Fleming Park

October 11, 2013
Fleming Park Leisure Centre

Fleming Park Leisure Centre

Council Leader Keith House last night announced plans to modernise Fleming Park Leisure Centre in Eastleigh.

A report outlining a proposal to replace the existing leisure centre with a state of the art facility on the current Passfield Avenue site will be considered at Cabinet Committee on 7 November.

Proposals announced by Cllr House could include demolishing the current centre and rebuilding a modern facility including a larger main pool, (six lanes to eight), a larger learner pool, expanded and improved gym facilities including health and beauty, improved restaurant and to maintain free car parking.

The popular centre receives around 1.2 million visits every year from people who enjoy a wide range of sporting and healthy activities.

Cllr House said:

“We can improve on existing facilities with a new building with a larger main pool, a larger learner pool, an improved gym and health and beauty suite and improved catering facilities – and still with free parking”

Currently the car park at Fleming Park – which is used as an overspill by council staff working in the adjacent civic offices – is the only council owned parking site in  the town that is still free.

One of the alternative plans that was considered involved building the new leisure centre on the site of the current civic offices once they were vacated. The existing leisure would remain fully open for  business during construction. On completion the old centre would be demolished for housing.

However Cllr House said  the proposed new centre would remain on the same existing ‘footprint’.

He added

“The swim and gym offers are without doubt the most popular and we want to ensure that the people of Eastleigh have the very best that the leisure industry has to offer. The current leisure centre was built in the 1970s. It is expensive to maintain and is showing its age. We want to encourage health and fitness and get more people involved in sport and activity.”

Cabinet will be asked to recommend approval of the scheme and agree an overall budget to take the project up to the full planning stage.

See also:

Fleming Park could be rebuilt in £22 million revamp


10 Responses to New leisure centre for Fleming Park

  1. James penders on October 12, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Cant see a problem with the plan, would not mind a bit of external facilities for the skaters and bikers, would edge against housing, as the site is Liesure and pleasure.

  2. Ray Turner on October 12, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought this scheme should be a priority at the moment, not with the ongoing difficulties at the Rose Bowl….

  3. Andrew F on October 13, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Here is an idea. How about saving the money, and keeping council tax down. The present facility works, and it is in much better condition than many other perfectly serviceable leisure centres I have seen across the country. Let’s not spend money for the sake of spending money. Fleming park is already a great facility in the borough.

    • Ray Turner on October 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Completely agree.

    • Nick Tann on October 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Isn’t the council tax set by central government or have I got that wrong? Spend it on the people I say.

  4. Sam Snook on October 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Sam Snook on October 19,2013
    So the cabinet will be asked to approve the changes
    to the sports centre. (All Keith has do is pull string)

  5. Sam Snook on October 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Sam Snook October 20/10/2013
    I agree Andrew- Ray!
    Perhaps it would better to find out what users have to say, are they satisfied with the present centre. Do they want to move? How long will take? they should be consulted.

    The Civic Offices, Law Courts, could be demolished, and use for housing, not forgetting, “Woodside” My view, leave the Sports Centre alone-we need brownfield sites for housing- “NOT” “OUR” Countryside

  6. Sam Snook on October 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Sam Snook October 20/10/2013.
    Totally agree with Andrew-Ray.

    The Civic Offices and Law Courts could be demolished.
    and used for housing.

    • Nick Tann on October 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Not MORE housing……

  7. pianoman3 on October 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Pretty sure council tax set by the Council.

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